Patricia Larson - Lone Rock, WI (USA):
When this book took color, it made crimson
When this book took silk, it made petals
When this book took shadow, it made leaves
When this book took emotion, it made thorns
When this book was read, it made a rose
Alfred J Bruey - Jackson, MI (USA):
This book has been sitting patiently on this spot for many years.
It would be happy if someone would take it from the shelf
and consider reading it. Even a light dusting would make it joyful.
This book lists every person in the U.S. in zip code order,
so if you know a person's zip code you can look up
his name. This book has been found to be totally useless.
This book has a scrapbook where it pastes all of its reviews.
The scrapbook is for reference only and can not be checked out.
This book tried to get a passport to go to Europe but
it couldn't because its dust jacket was torn so it refused to
pose for its picture.
This book is a manual for New York City taxi drivers. It
tells them the long way to every location in the city.
Katherine Borghardt - Ottawa, KS (USA):
no one knows I read this book;
I am a swimmer in the secret sea
in the active matrix shadow box
its telltale glow reminding me I've been here before
and of the tears I could not stem
as the bittersweet story unfolded around me,
sending shivers of recognition up the spines
of the book,
and the one that belongs to me.
Sarolina Shen Chang - Canton, Michigan (USA):
This the book about the fog that blanketed the batlefield and inspired
the Yellow Emperor to invent the cart that always pointed South.
He won the war.
This is the book about the Yellow Emperor's wife, Lei Zu, whose
accidental discovery of silk prepaved the Silk Road, the international trade and
This is the book about the terra cotta soldiers, Qin Shi Huang
Di and the belief of an afterlife. It is not about
the tourist business.
This is the book written by Qin Shi Huang Di's first prime
minister, Lu Bu Wei, called Lu Shi Chun Qiu. Lu would
reward anyone who could find error(s) in this book, one word one
thousand pieces of gold. Lu was said to be the
emperor's biological father who impregnated the emperor's mother before she married the
emperor's other father.
This is the book about the warlords who tried to overthrow the
Qin Dynasty. One of them got to the capital city first
and burned down the famous palace, Ah Fang Gong, which had a
reception room big enough to hold 10,000 people at the same time.
He later committed suicide after the famous farewewll to his concubine
and after being ambushed by the other warlord who later founded Han
Penelope - Lexington, Kentucky (USA):
This book worries about the poor, the disheveled, the disenfranchised. It
worries about your mother and all the children starving in India, Africa.
It worries about the girl next door. It wishes she would
wear a more supportive bra.
This book knows a little something about compromise. Even now, it
is moving words left and right across the page trying to tell
a happy story. We watch mesmerized.
This book would never let you walk home alone at night; would
rest quietly in your hand. This book does not mind if
you are required to use it as a weapon or a form
of birth control. This book will comply.
This book -- it hates to admit it -- slips under your
bed at night. It listens in on telephone conversations, knows what
you really did last Saturday evening. Not that it would ever
tell, but, well, the truth is so hard to come by.
This book stays awake at night concerned about the illustrations. Too
many? Too few? Perhaps watercolor or sepia would have been
nice. This book is just a little uncomfortable with its graphic
nature. This book is not the paperback edition. this book
Kevin W. Grossman - Santa Cruz, CA (USA):
This book was chained to a pedestal next to a copy machine
in a dimly lit corner of the university library, fifth floor, and
all three elevators were out of order.
I cursed the world one hour before the library closed, spending nearly
$100 dollars photocopying all 1,000 pages because it couldn't be removed from
the library, and my paper on "Copyright Law: Socioeconomic Contusion and
Other Barriers to Entry" was due the next morning.
This book was for reference only. I thought maybe it was
the word of God.
April Halprin Wayland - Mahattan Beach, CA (USA):
Ah, just to hold it.
To hold this work, this small loaf of bread just-baked,
to hold it, inhale it,
take one heavenly bite out of it
Denise Dunn - ABQ, NM (USA):
This book always opens its covers and gathers me in. There
is a large warm flat rock in there, near a quiet pool,
and a path tunneling through the pages. I have gone a
bit farther each time.
This is the book you found between two worn stones along the
ancient road. Inside it were two stones, even more ancient, with
a smaller book wedged deep between them, and you know the rest
because you kept looking.
He found this book at the bottom of the well. It
is holding him up while he learns to swim and will allow
him to stand on its shoulders when he is ready to climb
It is merely coincidence that we each have written almost the same
book. Isn't it?
What will become of this book when the occasion of its creation
Paradise Canyon Elementary School, La Canada, CA, (4th Grade, Teacher - Suzanne Lummis) - Los Angeles, California (USA):
This book hurt me.
This book made me walk into a tree because I couldn't put
This book is about saving trees, but it's made from a tree!
This book is so good more than a million people want it.
This book's main character is me.
This book is as old as the world's beginnings when man did
not roam the earth.
This book is not the original.
This book is made of cheese. It smells like fresh roses.