Book Life [poem] by Aimée Harris

I want to live amongst books
with words for neighbors.
I want similes to follow me
like shadows mimicking
my every move.

I want onomatopoeia
to deliver my mail
with a thump against
the front stoop
of the villanelle that
is my villa.

Each year will be measured
by a chapter.  And if one lifetime
seems too short there could always
be a sequel.  This is the life I imagine
hidden inside the library.


Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator

[Refer: The poem refers to “How to Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam.]

Image by Yuri Levchenko via Flickr Creative Commons

Aimée Harris received her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Montclair State University, her MFA in Creative Writing from  Emerson College in Boston and a master’s in library science from Rutgers University. She is the Head Reference Librarian at the Hoboken Public Library where she runs monthly creative writing workshops.

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