16 March 2009


I estimate there are about 2000 books in my house. I'm a librarian so you'd think there's be a strict ordering system, and actually there is but it's not something easy to articulate. This particular bookshelf is for poetry, and for a few other things as space allows. For example, the five books on the far left of the second-to-the-bottom shelf are the five books that have been most important and inspiring to me, poetry-wise, in the last few years, even though they are not poetry: Lynda Barry's The Greatest of Marlys!, John Porcellino's King-Cat Comics, Maira Kalman's The Principles of Uncertainty, Julia Child's My Life in France, and Calvin Tomkins's Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg.

Jessy is a local Colorado Springs poet and also serves as the Curator of Special Collections for Colorado College's library.


suesun said...

I have the same ee cummings and The Bell Jar.... you must be a librarian-they're in alphabetical order! :)

Friar Tuck said...

it is a nice bookshelf

Julianza said...

Darn: it just erased my whole paragraph cause i had incorrect password! Too cool. I'll try it. Need to check rules. Gee, your bookshelves are neat. Mine are a mess. I also have thousands of books, a crime. I say to myself, but they're all from thrift stores and yard sales. i don't know if this exonerates me.