Friday, July 22, 2011

in the stacks (staying cool in July series)

yesterday i found myself
in the library's biography section
seeking sanctuary
from another sweltering 100 plus day

the first thing i noticed
was a striking book cover
a simple line drawing it was, with

James Joyce written beneath the
handsome face
then i saw Billie Holiday
looking sophisticated and sure

my eyes continued scanning
before stopping on the words:
The Real Story 
and Tiger's sober face

he was followed by Virginia Woolf
and preceded by
Natalie Woods

yesterday in the stacks
i concluded that
i'd rather be battling
the heat and humidity of
eastern Kansas
than the pressure, perfectionism,
and clamor
of fame

being an unknown middle aged
kansas woman
has it's

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