Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 14, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: The End of the Library

by Weldon Kees (1914 – 1955).

The End of the Library

When the coal
Gave out, we began
Burning the books, one by one;
First the set
Of Bulwer-Lytton
And then the Walter Scott.
They gave a lot of warmth.
Toward the end, in
February, flames
Consumed the Greek
Tragedians and Baudelaire,
Proust, Robert Burton
And the Po-Chu-i. Ice
Thickened on the sills.
More for the sake of the cat,
We said, than for ourselves,
Who huddled, shivering,
Against the stove
All winter long.

Notes:
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/727
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/07/04/050704crat_atlarge

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