Saturday, June 16, 2012

Passages from the English Note Books



Joseph Hutchison said...

I always glance at your book scores and feel a twinge of ... what? Jealousy? This time in spades, amigo. Wow!

William Michaelian said...

Indeed, this one is a tidy aromatic brick of print, and at 139 years of age, still in its prime. Paging through it, even I feel real — well, almost....

Wine and Words said...

The spines of these books remind me of Indian saris. They are beautiful. Love the old typewriter in the background. I myself, have one of those. Considering the sari :)

William Michaelian said...

Thirty years ago, I traded an electric typewriter I never liked and couldn’t get used to straight across for the one in this picture. One of the best deals I’ve ever made. Now, what of yours might you trade for a sari?

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...

I Am

I was showing off my brand new
old unabridged dictionary, huge,
nearly two hands thick.
Over fifty years old. Paid two dollars
at a garage sale up in town.
We all agreed that a ‘51 UD was worth at least
a couple of bucks, but what the hell for?
Who needs that many useless obsolete words?

I said nothing is more important than words.
They teach us and nurture and lead.
They led us to civilization, right?
And what was it that God said
about words?

Copyright 2008, Softwood-Seventy-eight Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald

William Michaelian said...

UD for Ueda’s Daijiten, I suppose.

God: he who hath the biggest dictionary, and who useth it.

Thanks, Gary.

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...

It's interesting that you mention Ueda's Daijiten. My personal philosophical belief is Taoist (Chinese) and I worked fourteen years for and retired from a Japanese company.

Go figure.