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2005 03 31
Rows on Rows
imageI am writing what I was thinking only moments ago. I was standing behind door N of the Robarts Library stacks. I am writing what I was thinking and since this is writing I can omit anything I please, such as how I slid from the outside (the sidewalk was paved with black ice) to the inside of the building, how I slid vertically on elevators, how I alighted on floor whatever and what I observed as I walked to door N. I am writing about those moments when I stood beholding, not simply observing or encountering or seeing -- beholding rows and rows of shelves arrayed with books. The shelves are stacked vertically, just as the floors of the library are stacked vertically. Still, standing there, I saw rows and rows of shelves enclosing books cover to cover. I was thinking and am writing now, which evoke a longing to contrive a simile (I won't confine my imagining to the GTA.) for the rows and rows and rows. The catacombs....Mobile home parks....Allees of trees at Brinay ....Cornfields....This keyboard (look sideways)....Lanes on the 401....Store aisles....Lines of coke....Seats in a theatre.....Soldiers parading....A box of Valentine chocolates....Orchards....Pinstripes.....Sharks' teeth....A muffin tin......The other rows and rows
[email this story] Posted by Jeanne Randolph on 03/31 at 08:30 AM

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