Each of Us Is a Book

Poems for the Library Minded


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About the Book

If banks were keen on service
And cared about us, too,
They’d open nights and weekends
The way libraries do.

—“Don’t Bank on It”
Our library is quiet, untroubled, serene;
The shelves are in order, exact and pristine;
The tables and chairs are aligned, straight and formal;
But soon we will open and get back to normal.

This is a collection of poems for the library minded that grew out of poet and librarian David Drake’s desire “to poeticize the things and personages of our library world” and his belief that the charm and excitement of libraries can be overlooked even by those in the profession.
The poems deal with universal themes and with those common to librarians, and range from amusing to sharp, thoughtful to capricious. The poems are divided into six sections: Arenas of Possibility; Librarians/Cybrarians; The Reading Life; Our Patrons, Ourselves; The Writing Life; and Tools of the Trade.

About the Author(s)

David Drake lives in Sequim, Washington.

Bibliographic Details

David Drake
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 143
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1568-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8047-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1
Arenas of Possibility     5
Librarians / Cybrarians     45
The Reading Life     81
Our Patrons, Ourselves     97
The Writing Life     115
Tools of the Trade     127

Book Reviews & Awards

“the charm and excitement of libraries will no longer be overlooked”—Public Library Quarterly; “all those in the profession will enjoy dipping into this volume and will recognize many of the themes and the characters depicted therein…amusing, thoughtful and useful”—The Australian Library Journal.