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The Libraries Didn’t Burn. Poem by Elaine Equi worth sharing.

by Joe Murphy Librarian on May 25th, 2011

The Libraries Didn’t Burn. By Elaine Equi.

Despite books kindled in electronic flames.

The locket of bookish love

still opens and shuts.

But its words have migrated

to a luminous elsewhere.

Neither completely oral nor written —

a somewhere in between.

Then will oak, willow,

birch, and olive poets return

to their digital tribes —

trees wander back to the forest?

Equi, Elaine. “The Libraries Didn’t Burn.” The Libraries Didn’t Burn- – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More<., 2011. Web. <>.

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