Romping into Fall

dog wearing party hatI’ve always loved the month of September. It  marked the threshold of going back to school, back to the library, back to the physical thrill of walking up and down the aisles in the library filled with all those books.  Oh – to be able to read everything there, to gorge on all those stories and ideas !  Which is  why this poem by Mark Strand gives me such delight.  

Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

There is no happiness like mine.

I have been eating poetry.


The librarian does not believe what she sees.

Her eyes are sad

And she walks with her hands in her dress.


The poems are gone.

The light is dim.

The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.


Their eyeballs roll,

their blond legs burn like brush.

The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.


She does not understand.

When I get on my knees and lick her hand,

she screams.


I am a new man.

I snarl at her and bark.

I romp with joy in the bookish dark.

 – by Mark Strand


Speaking of going back to school, GRAND ENTRANCES: A PLAYWRIGHTING WORKSHOP will be starting soon.  It’s an eight week course that will run from 2-4 Wednesday afternoons at the Lawson McGhee Library in downtown Knoxville  – starting October 9.  

Free!  But enrollment is limited- so please call (865) 215-8729 or enroll online at

The workshop is made possible by an Arts Build Communities Grant given by the Tennessee  Arts Council and administered by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville.  

In the meantime – chew on some poems.  Tasty and good for the writer in you.

– Staci


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