Home: A Sorted-book Poem


Home
Paths to the heart,
the immense journey.
The way of a pilgrim,
given
the unforeseen wilderness;
the dispossessed garden;
the trail of tears
back to Cain.
The heart of man,
the hidden wound.
A world lost,
far from the madding crowd.
The way of the heart,
mountains and rivers without end.
Reaching out . . . .
Remembering:
you can’t go home again.
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For dVerse FormForAll. Sam Peralta has given us a project to complete—sorted-book or spine poetry. The idea is pretty simple: take a number of books and arrange their titles in some kind of coherent order. It’s a whole lot of fun. I’m all for any project that ends up with books scattered all over the living room. I started out with about 50 interesting titles, finally whittled it down to this. I was delighted to be able to use the last title, since today is the birthday of Thomas Wolfe (earlier today I posted a little excerpt from Wolfe). Interesting how many books I have with the word heartin the title—you’d think I was a cardiologist or something. I also have a hell of a lot of Wendell Berry titles represented. I figured that would happen.


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48 thoughts on “Home: A Sorted-book Poem

  1. You bring out that life is a journey, rarely repeated, never going back to the initial place particularly as we are not only going forward in time but millions of miles through space every day – blasted by weather and time's deteriorating effects.Well done!

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  2. Wow, Nico, it was nice to see an insight into your library and into your 'self.' And yes, sometimes one really DOES have to remember that a person can NEVER go home again.

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  3. the you can't go home again in the close hit hard… the journey… trail of tears back to cain…wow… a moving piece you put together…and you stacked high.. kudos nico..

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  4. Wonderful–I also wanted to use the Thomas Wolfe==I have not read Wendell Berry, so must amend that.

    You chose great books and use therm in a distinctive way–really well done, Nico. K.

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  5. Thanks RMP, I'm so happy you stopped by. It's been awhile since I've seen you around; I'll head over to your place in a bit to see what you've been up to!

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  6. Thanks Tony–yeah, I think its a mistake to keep the religious writers separated from their more doubt-filled counterparts. Both Henri and Thomas spoke knowingly of the human heart, I think. At any rate, Jude the Obscure is one of the most heart-searching books I've ever read!

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