Steve Donachie - Miami, FL (USA):
This book has wooden covers and opens with a hinge. It
is the log of a square-rigged ship, and was bolted to the
captain's chart table.
This book is a diary of dreams, but was writ with an
ink that fades, so the earliest passages are nearly invisible, while the
latest are still bright and crisp and clear.
This book consists of twenty volumes and is an attempt to capture
the entire life of its central character, omitting no friends or acquaintances.
The author had it illustrated with sketches.
This is the photo album of a young man who went to
war in the 1940's. Half way through the pictures end and the
rest of the pages are blank and black.
This is a book from Bali, written in pictographs on palm leaves
strung together like a venetian blind. When you ruffle through the
pages you can smell the aroma of a tropical breeze from long
ago, as if a window had opened.
This book is infinitely long, but it still fits in its cover
because each page is nine tenths as thick as the one before.
This book was etched on incredibly thin plates of glass which have
stuck together, piling all the words on top of one another and
making it impossible to read.
This is a book imagined by Italo Calvino. Its words have
been sorted according to frequency of use.
This is a book of plans for a house, including a full
size mockup that unfolds from the center.
This book is a play in which each line is uttered by
a different character, not unlike this library.
Alfred J Bruey - Jackson, MI (USA):
This book is psycho so you can never tell whether the next
chapter will be a tender love story or a horribly detailed adventure
of a serial killer.
This book is psychosomatic so if you bend down a corner of
one of its pages, it develops a migraine headache and if you
bend its spine, it believes it will never be able to walk
This book is psychogenic but it is happy with this diagnosis because
it thinks that means photographs of it turn out well.
This book is psychopathic but it doesn't matter because, even if it
weren't, it still wouldn't like people and still wouldn't have respect for
This book is a psychologist that could help any of the previous
four books above with their problems, but it won't because, although the
books all have jackets, none of them have pockets in which to
carry their consultation fees.
Sarolina Shen Chang - Canton, Michigan (USA):
This is the book about a little creek where the author casted
a net for all the thoughtlets that'd swum upstream, before the legendary
ducks returned to claim their territories.
This is the book about an overpass where the author met the
old woman, the main character he created in another book. The
old woman was very angry, because the author hadn't found a way
for her to go home.
This is the book about a bathtub under a tree that bordering
two bickering villages.
This is the book about a railroad track that divided a city
into paradise and hell.
This is the book about a well that'd been dry for a
millennium and people still dropped the bucket in to fetch water.
A stubbornness disguised as perseverance.
Diane Cochrane - Poughkeepsie, NY (USA):
This bestseller by my best friend's sister makes people say when they
meet her, "I thought you were dead."
This wanna-be book is a loose knit collection of camouflaged reflections that,
if published, might make my sister wish I was dead.
Here is a terse book of verse signed by an author who
confessed, "I'd never want my poems to hurt anyone."
If there's a Best Blest for saintly writers, no doubt she'll head
the list. Meanwhile, devil's advocate, I cast her down
to this shelf next to the text on armadillos and a biography
of the man who professed, "Writing is an axe."
Katherine Borghardt - Ottawa, KS (USA):
This book was an invitation to the birthday party,
the reception, the banquet, the wedding, and I accepted,
drinking till my head spun, till all the colors melded into one
delicious swirl, seeping out the corners of my consciousness
like meringue, when it weeps.
Bennett Rader - Plymouth, Ohio (USA):
On a two-page spread, this book displayed the maze of life filled
with little icons representing the traps, misdirections, and pots of words.
The mysteries in this book are Elementary because it never reached high
This book had Thanksgiving dinner in Alice's church.
This book knows that the time has come
and that Freddy Bean has proven that pigs have wings.
Navtej Bharati - London, Canada, (USA):
On a bubble of water I have written
a tale of the sea signed by the river
letters on shoulders
the bubble is carrying eternity
to the sea
Diane Cochrane - Poughkeepsie, NY (USA):
These books are his first picks for a Presidential Library someday.
They're all written on 100% unrecycled paper by men he says have
Pocketbooks yet they speak volumes. He claims there gonna be bestsellers.
I dunno, but here they are: American Arsenic, Caribou-hoo No More,
The Supreme Court Shanghaied Express,
The Wheezing of America and, my personal favorite, Republicans for Dummies.
Denise Dunn - ABQ, NM (USA):
This book is exhausted from having to lie face down on the
shelf because it is too large. No one ever checks it
out. It is usually holding a stack of smaller books.
This book was made by a three-year-old girl, using her cereal box,
some honey, and an old phone bill she had crayoned over.
When it came unstuck she licked the seams and started over.
The other books used to make this book cry until it became
the public's favorite.
Fortunately, the pages of this book are strong enough to stand on
their own, because its cover is a wreck.
This is a long story of wasted days and wasted nights, so