Friday, January 27, 2012

best of times

:: Tonight, I am reading and re-reading stacks and stacks of poetry books by Minnesota poets; Saturday is first-round judging for the MN Book Awards.  I've finally come upon one I would stand behind in nomination, though I've got more to read, and I admit, I did reverse-order the reading in suspicion of ones I'd like--because of publisher, because of the poet, because of paging through.  We're getting to the better ones the longer the night goes on.

:: I just took a break from reading to write a poem I've called, in its wet-ink stages, "Offal."  Earlier, I watched an episode of Top Chef in which the contestants were to cook with offal, though none used the organ I write of in the poem.  I'm prodding at the middle second of my manuscript, where it sags a bit with the weight of sorrowful-medical poems.  Oh woe!  Oh woe are my sad little ovaries!  Oh zing!  Oh move.  Oh stop with the willowing and wallowing and get into the woods.  So I did.  Have I mentioned I might have a title?  I very well might.

:: This is the saddest news of all:  Our beloved independent bookstore, just ten blocks away from my own house, so close that I walked the holiday season I worked there, back and forth, tromping in the lovely December snow, is closing its doors forever this Saturday.  I've been invited to the wine-and-cheese honoring event, but it bumps up against the judging, so I will have to say farewell with books jutting under my arms, wave from the sidelines and hope once the economy balloons back up, we'll have a bookstore in town again, though with the e-revolution, it might not be so.  Meanwhile, I make sure to bring my daughter to story hour at the library and every time she stumbles toward me with a chewed-over book in her spitty little hands, I read as far as she'll let me and a few minutes later, read as far as she'll let me in the next one she offers up in her adorable slouch-shouldered kind of way.  Our house is fat with books as a bookstore is, I tell you, but it's been marred by the smells of cooking and dog-breath and the furnace-heat and damp slippers.  When I worked at a bookstore, I'd come home, and my husband would lean in and tell me I smelled the smell of new books.  Mmmm.

1 comment:

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

A sad farewell to your bookstore. I do wonder how the bricks and mortar bookstore will evolve. One of my favorite stores recently started a CSB. I hope it is helping. I just can't see bookstores disappearing completely. There's too much love for these spaces. Perhaps I'm biased.