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Evie Shockley - Windsor, Vermont (USA):
April 12, 2001:
this book taught an enslaved orator to speak freely.
this book of poems was written in massachusetts, by a girl born
in africa, and published in england: eighteenth-century multiculturalism.
this book bore a large picture of a black man on the
front and a small photo of a white man on the back.
many people judged it by its covers. they were right, coincidentally.
this book would be startled to find me inhabiting its heroine's pink-cheeked,
lace-encased body, in stammering love with the handsome young officer in her
majesty's navy -- startled, but glad.
this book, like its author, was buried in an unmarked grave, until
an earthquake named alice untombed them both.
April 23, 2001:
this book was once a blank book.
this book is no longer up-to-date, but it is still mostly true
— the trouble is figuring out which parts are not. this
book will age like the sun.
this book should not have a gold cover, because the story inside
darkens like a rainstorm headed for hurricane and there is nothing rich
these seven books made me sure, as a child, that being born
a bookworm was the best thing that could have happened to me;
i had neither money nor magic enough to do all the things
i could read about.
this book made me cry because the author said she and her
man lived love in the same enchanted way that me and my
man do, until the day they didn't anymore. i tell myself,
it's just a book.