Gladys McBean - Little Rock, California (USA):
This book makes a great light stand
Alfred J Bruey - Jackson, MI (USA):
This book is bright and airy and freshly painted but it has
six bedrooms and only one bath.
This book must be rebound after every reading because its contents make
the readers so angry that they each throw it against the wall
This book has many faults and no redeeming qualities but any attemps
to remove it from the library have met with cries of "Censorship,
censorship!" from a small group of people who never read.
This book will believe anything you tell it as long as you
put it in writing.
This book can not hold you on cold lonely nights but it
will help you find someone who can.
Sarolina Shen Chang - Canton, Michigan (USA):
This is the book the optometrist read while waiting for customers in
the brand new office.
This is the book the tree doctor brought with him for his
first trimming job. He read it to the branches as if
saying a departing prayer.
This is the book I was reading when the phone rang.
It was a wrong number.
This is another book I was reading when the phone rang.
It was an automatic telemarketing call which ended with: please hold while
all our representatives are assisting other customers.
This is the third book I was reading when the phone rang.
It was the service department from Sears informing me of the
approximate time their technician would come that day. The technician already
did the day before.
Eleanor Brown Steele - Falmouth, ME (USA):
This book was read 336 times by a seven-year-old boy in 1989.
It was read 201 times by the same boy in 1990.
Mika Wendy Sam - Baltimore, MD (USA):
This book sings in the shower.
That book, way up there on the shelf, that book you can
only reach by climbing two ladders and grabbing it with tongs, that
book is terrified of heights.
This book passes gas when it thinks no one is around.
This book remembers the Alamo.
This book remembers the Alamo rental car that broke down, leaving it
stranded in the desert.
This book drank too much at Mardi Gras and had the worst
hangover of its life.
This book wore a peacock costume for Halloween.
ll f th vwls wr stln frm ths bk. Th thf lft
th cnsnnts bhnd.
This book got a bad sunburn and is beginning to peel.
This book won the lottery & spent it in one evening.
This book sells Cutco knives for the extra cash and the assertiveness
This book ate garlic for lunch. The other books lean away from
This book contains the map to the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
THis book has a best friend named Moloch and another named Allen.
This book has been eating the other books. It leaves the empty
skins scattered on the floor.
Katherine Borghardt - Ottawa, KS (USA):
This book is the sleeve upon which I wear my heart...
read it, and weep.
Lisa Roan - Peoria, Illinois (USA):
I came back to read my chapter
but, my page was torn out of your book...?
The silliness of my verse seems to mirror yours.
The library is apparently closed.
Mika Wendy Sam - Baltimore, MD (USA):
This book and that book are lovers; their parents, enemies.
This book steps on sidewalk cracks, walks under ladders, chases black cats,
throws mirrors to the ground (after saying Candyman three times).
The words have been stolen from this book and sold on the
This book contains all the apologies I was too proud or too
late to utter.
These books are a lovely addiction. Send away the cure!
Denise Dunn - ABQ, NM (USA):
This book aspires to the heartfelt and tender wit of the ones
holding it up on either side
The books on either side of it support it gently and step
in front of it when anyone comes near their shelf. They
are its heirs.
All the books on this bottom shelf get down and run around
at night, climbing onto each other's shoulders to peer out the window
at the stars.
This is the last page of a book that has been self-destructing
word by word, unable to make sense of the world.
Today we will take this book out for a walk in the
rain. It has been craving the release for months.
This book is unable to make change or follow a map.
It has the deepest heart of any book on the shelf.
This one goes on being clever, page after page, deadeningly, and doesn't
know when enough is enough.
Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis - Tuscaloosa, AL (USA):
This book holds a dried rose, a bit of sandstone, a spill
of green candlewax,
a cake of fruited soap, a bottle of vanilla hand lotion, so
many hands, a cascade of fingerpaint
a spill of color, a square of music, the light off the
lake of my best day alive.
This book has a hold on me.
Kevin W. Grossman - Santa Cruz, CA (USA):
This book of incantations she cradles in her arms rocking to and
fro on the kitchen floor and chanting, “I am. I am.