Book Worm (a semi-found poem)
by Chris Sorrenti
maybe you can’t judge a book by its cover
DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE
poem by Leonard Cohen, paintings by Henri Matisse
but dare you get to know a person
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
by his or her books?
NEIL YOUNG, HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
author, Michael Heatley
each chapter of personality
William A. Rossi (D.P.M.)
THE SEX LIFE OF THE FOOT AND SHOE
turns in the breeze as the pages of a novel
UNDER THE VOLCANOE
by Malcolm Lowry
THE HOLY BIBLE
as shelves in a library
by Michael Crichton
in varying degrees of shadow and light
Completed by Tim Hill and Marie Clayton
THE BEATLES UNSEEN ARCHIVES
that dance over bindings, some aged
others still warm from the press
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH
William Lawrence Shirer
alive with varying aromas of paper and ink
ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES
and though the choices may reveal
more that you care to know
it begs a lasting question
THE WORLD WITHOUT US
by Alan Weisman
dare you judge a poet by a single poem?
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Author's Note: For those unfamiliar with the term 'found poem,' essentially one created/constructed from phrases in other pieces of literature/writing, such as the headlines of a newspaper. In this case, I have taken book titles, and elaborated on them, thus semi-found.
Posted on 05/02/2010
Copyright © 2019 Chris Sorrenti
|Member Comments on this Poem|
|Posted by Sarah Graves on 05/02/10 at 09:00 PM|
I love this piece Chris. :) I'm getting my degree in library and information science so I do appreciate how the whole book is considered. Each book or collection of poems have so many facets of knowledge and personality that I think it's impossible to judge by one piece of work.
|Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 05/02/10 at 09:38 PM|
Excellently woven, Chris. You really are on to something, IMHO, because it does seem that one's perception is one's truth, but only until the arrival of wisdom. Thanks.
|Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 05/04/10 at 03:00 PM|
|Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 05/06/10 at 12:57 AM|
Well done - loved the inserted titles and authors - and the smooth flow of ideas to that last question. Thank you.
|Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 05/06/10 at 12:59 AM|
Except for the Bible, I'd say one gets to know only something of how a person thinks by reading something written by the author. Same with poetry I'd say. Wouldn't want to be thought to be known by a single poem I've written.
|Posted by Alison McKenzie on 05/06/10 at 07:22 PM|
One single poem just wouldn't do, this I know for certain. It's only a snapshot, right? Loved this, Chris~
|Posted by Sarah Graves on 05/09/10 at 04:01 AM|
yay! congrats on POTD :)
|Posted by H.M Stevens on 05/28/10 at 06:19 PM|
what a great way to make a point. thanks for sharing chris.