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BAP 2001Little Prince


“Beware a man of one book,” warns the bumper sticker I use for the category this post will fly under? Thanks to a precious angel, as of today’s postal delivery, I am a man of at least two!—

  • The Best American Poetry: 2001, guest edited by Robert Hass — the only BAP that I had been missing in the stretch from 1999 through 2013! Just this very morning as I was reorganizing my poetry shelves following a generous land grant, I reserved space for the forthcoming BAP2014 by leaving my Spring 2014 Ploughshares shelved next to my BAP2013, planning for Ploughshares to move to my Closet Bookshelf when BAP2014 reaches my hands. Now Ploughshares moves early, everything shoves to the right to make way for BAP2001, and BAP2014 will have to find one of my other front-row poetry books to displace. These days along with my usual rounds of daily poetry reading, I’m heavily into Dylan Thomas poems, aiming toward his 100th birthday this coming October. Even so, I expect to carve out enough poetry reading time to give this BAP2001 its first cover-to-cover reading by Labor Day.
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry — the first Harcourt, Brace & World edition, 1961 hardcover. Ah, whose heart hasn’t been tamed by this uniquely exquisite tale? I have previously owned then lost several more recent paperback editions. Now I get to read it again . . . and again . . . and many more agains in this well-preserved hardcover edition.

Oh well, there went most of my plans for getting much anything else done the rest of this Saturday afternoon. I’m losing myself in great poetry and soft romantic fantasy.

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Written by macheide

26 July 2014 at 6:05 pm

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