Nita Spittel - maple ridge, (Canada):
At first I disliked the book. Fat and seldom read, it wears
its gold letter on its spine like a scepter lording it over
the not so fat ones.
I once saw a bespectacled man wearing tweed jacket with leather patched
elbows,reached for the book. He looked like a professor, at least that's
what I think a professor looks like. I watched him leafed through
the pages with such reverence like touching a holy relic while a
smile of conviction crossed his face.
That was when the book coerced me to open it. The words
jumped out and made themselves at home in my cerebrum, slaking thirst
I did not know I had. Water dranked in an arid desert.The
book rode a camel sauntering by and was gone.
Later, I learned that the "professor" was an anxious man who knew
that the book spoke the truth about nothingness.
And the man wants the book to stay with him when he
tells his family, he lost his job three months ago.
Bennett Rader - Plymouth, Ohio (USA):
This is a book by James Watt. Some say it is
reactionary, the rest say it is not biodegradable and should be burned
at the stake.
Brother Bret was pleased to be on the receiving end of the
great deal explained by this book.
This book finds Sunday a good day to worship at the laundromat.
This book watches oldies T.V. and old movies and listens to old
time rock 'n' roll, but it is very up to date.
Sometimes this book becomes alarmed and rouses its readers. Sometimes it
Alfred J Bruey - Jackson, MI (USA):
This book was scheduled to be shelved on April 19th but was
not shelved until April 20th because defects in automation delayed its arrival.
This book means different things to different people. To some, it's an
explanation of life. To others it's gibberish. Philosophers love it because it
gives them an explanation of everything in the universe. Children love it
because of all the pictures of unusual animals.
This book played football all the way through college. Now it's 23
years old with a poor education, no pro football contract, and two
knees that will hurt forever.
This book is happy sitting on the shelf. It wants you to
quit reading so much. It wants you to get out among the
people and enjoy life.
This book can be read anytime except Saturday afternoon. On Saturday afternoon,
it insists on being placed where it can see a Big 10
football game on TV.
Sarolina Shen Chang - Canton, Michigan (USA):
This is the book about the Empress Dowager of Ching Dynasty who
built a marble boat and anchored it in the lake of the
royal garden. The boat never set sail to the seas.
She never got sea-sickness.
This is the book about the ill-fortuned Han diplomat, Su Wu, who
got detained by the Huns who became popular because of the Disney
movie, Mu Lan. The Hun lord violated the international law by
ordering Su Wu to the remotest frozen frontier to shepherd the he-goats.
Su Wu could return home only when the he-goats bore lambs.
This is the book about the goats which escaped from the remotest
frozen frontier and came to the bridge where a troll was waiting.
This is the book about Wang Zhao Jun of Han Dynasty, whose
official portrait was added a dark mole because she didn't care bribe
the palace artist. The Han emperor, of course, couldn't have a
concubine this ugly. So Wang Zhao Jun was slighted until the
sequel of this book was written.
This is The Sequel. When the Huns threatened another invasion, the
Han emperor let the girl he thought ugly marry the Hun lord.
To pacify the barbarian, he chuckled to himself. It was
at the wedding/farewell ceremony that the Han emperor realized he'd made the
most terrible mistake of his life. He'd just given away the
most beautiful girl from his domain.
liz neil - qld, (australia):
and the poets of redemption shall express utter hindrence to its continuence
in its secluded nonformatted preview of pendulant society and motionless visitations from
ones above who look down violently noting our indifference and consequence of
action. Have thought toward that and this book shall return to
man before man return to the written word in this book that
Kevin W. Grossman - Santa Cruz, CA (USA):
David and his sister Devon found this book while randomly perusing authors
"Pi - Pinch" in their local library. This book is called
"Elementary Entrepreneurs" by T.M. Pillingham.
They checked it out after reading chapter three, "Corner Carnies," and eager
to make a quick buck or two decided to hold their own
neighborhood carnival complete with ring toss, baseball throw, weight guessing, dime pitch,
water balloon toss, lawn darts, and fortune telling. Quite an undertaking
for an entire group of people, much less two mind you.
They canvassed their native quarter with handsome handmade flyers one Saturday morning
announcing "Come to the Fun - Carnival at 1:00," prepared all the
games, and dug the prizes out of their forgotten unwanted toy boxes
in the garage. To their disbelief the neighbor folk arrived in
droves at exactly 1:00 p.m.
Sometime around 7:30 p.m., long after the carnival had ended, someone pounded
fiercely on their front door. Eleven-year-old David answered the door and
to his dismay thirty angry parents demanded their children's money back.
His nine-year-old sister Devon ran to her room and cried. They
were both spanked by their own angry parents and grounded for two
The library called the very next Monday morning stating that this book
must be returned immediately because it was being banned by the Better
Business Bureau. Thirty angry parents and Child Protective Services filed a
civil suit against T.M. Pillingham one week later.
Sarolina Shen Chang - Canton, Michigan (USA):
This book has grown an inch since I last measured it.
This book is a collection of multi-cultural multi-lingual good-byes.
This book is a collection of second opinions HMO approved. It
was written in fine prints.
This is the book about the dog hopped aboard a train looking
for the chef who used to throw him a bone from the
train kitchen. The dog tarveled all through Italy, train after train,
free, returned to the same station, the same platform, waiting again for
This is the book about the girl scout cookies which got crushed
Jennifer Bosveld - Johnstown/Columbus, Ohio (USA):
This book The Alphabet of Desire by Barbara Hamby was chosen by
the New York Public Library as one of the 25 best books
of 1999 and on my refrigerator hangs a postcard handwritten from Barbara
listing the 15 poets we ought to have in our library here
in order to not be embarrassed. That list is....
This book--a one page book that reads: Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Dorothy
Parker whose books I'm continually turning down on ebay and perhaps should
rethink, William Carlos Williams, William Stafford, William Wordsworth, Alfred Houseman, William Butler
Yeats, Wallace Stevens, Theodore Roetke, Gwendolyn Brooks, Emily Dickinson, W.H. Auden, Andrew
Marvell, Marianne Moore which I share on this day when Hamby is
the featured poet on
This book, this website, which is a new book everyday for our
Peg Duthie - Nashville, TN (USA):
This book was brought to this morning's convening of the Fresh Rashers
of Nashville. We were very careful, but a fleck of matzoi
brei still landed on page 221.
This book was purchased by a completist collector, even though the only
thing that changed between editions was the cover.
This book really needs to be illustrated by Thomas Canty, who would
not be appropriate for Larry Levis or William Mathews but could concoct
something gloriously intricate for Albert Goldbarth.
This book mentions Michael Drayton on three pages, each time as a
rival of Shakespeare.
This book falls open at the page that bears "Since there's no
help, then, let us kiss and part..."
Katherine Borghardt - Ottawa, KS (USA):
not quite the same as yesterday
which had a hunk torn out of its middle
and left it with a hollow feeling
the work, no doubt, of cyberthieves or ethernets
or maybe The Provider:
the quality of the cover of this book,
the color of the images within,
the postural assumption of its backbone,
all in direct proportion to the depth of our contributory lives,
at once shallow and tepid / deep and mesmerizing