02 October 2004

A terrific book I just read is "Revolting Librarians" by Celeste West, Elizabeth Katz, et al. There's a newer version that is sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be raed, and this is the original Revolting Librarians from 1972.

Here's some wisdom I picked from it:

"To tell the truth is a revolutionary."
--A. Gramsci

"what is the afternoon for"
by tod hawks (c) 1972

what is the afternoon for
but to listen to the sonata
of footprints peering at
pictures hanging on plaster walls
perhaps a little child searching
for peanuts and parables
a saraband of gentle sounds
whisper the turning pages
i utter causes socialistic
evoking from the dark
'do you want to ruin this country'
and i pause to swivel in my chair
and think of little people
who lie dying
in the corner of streets
unpaved with human kindness

"those who profess to favor freedom yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."
--Frederick Douglass

Homage to RB
Elinor Martin (c) 1972

I look like I am filing catalog cards
But actually I am filing shadows of birds
Someday they will open the trays
And there will be only feathers.

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