Library Times

Library Times

Bibliophilia was contracted amongst the stacks–
between the covers,
both soft & hard,
some covered in dusty, peeling plastic.
Some sheets were glossy,
others, matte–
all with a font print
ranging from Caslon to Garamond.
Sometimes the words were ugly & raw,
& sometimes they were polished & very beautiful,
but no matter what,
the pages always cut.
For reading was still,
in these modern times,
a tactile activity for many.

Then came the e-readers,
& with one swipe,
a genetically-modified generation would never know
the feel of paper,
the smell of ink,
the act of turning the page versus scrolling,
& yet,
books in the ether
were free from ban & burn.

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