Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Aimless Reading: The M's, Part 53.1 (Marianne Moore)

O To Be A Dragon by Michael_Kelleher
O To Be A Dragon, a photo by Michael_Kelleher on Flickr.

Moore, Marianne
O To Be A Dragon

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I bought this at Rust Belt Books. I believe it was Graham Foust, who worked there at the time, that pointed it out to me. It's an ex-library edition from the Orchard Park Free Library.

It's lovely dust jacket bears her stacked initials on the front cover, and a virtual who's who of American modernism adorns the back, with blurbs from Randall Jarrell, William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, Wallace Fowlie (?), and Louise Bogan.

The call number sticker still adheres to the upper left hand corner of the plastic sleeve. Call number PS 3525 M35. The check-out card sleeve still attaches to the last page of the book. Alas, no card, so I can't tell how many times it was actually taken out from the library. It looks as though the tape holding the plastic to the book was once replaced, as the first page inside the books shows traces of old, yellowed scotch tape.

One piece of old, yellowed scotch tape still fixes the plastic sleeve in place. It, too, has left a stain on the facing page.

from O To Be A Dragon

I May, I Might, I Must

If you will tell me why the fen
appears impassable, I then
will tell you why I think that I
can get across it if I try.

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