Thursday, July 29, 2010

Paperback Lover

I started reading for pleasure as a freshman in college. I was on a paperback budget, and I still am. Seventy-five years ago this week, Penguin published the first modern paperback, and I am forever grateful.

Here's a poem of mine published last year in Cindy Rosmus's Yellow Mama:

Paperback Lover

Hardcovers are
movie stars
way beyond my budget
in their prime.

Library books are
free (for two weeks)
but really, who knows
where they've been?

Paperbacks are
new for a few bucks,
and so readily
go to bed with me.

And a video rendition, featuring Glen Orbik's cover art for Money Shot by Christa Faust:

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