another poem from the collection “Poems and Tweets in the Age of Trump”

Beat Reader

my copy of “the portable beat reader”
still has its original dustcover intact –
it’s one of those laminated kinds that
libraries use to make books last forever.

I break it out for week 6 of ModPo
each year. Found it in an online sale
from Fresno County Free Library.
It plainly says in the inside cover,
“You may return library material to any branch.”

The cardholder inside is stamped “WITHDRAWN –
WORN, SOILED, OBSOLETE.” My wife
keeps telling me to stop buying used books.
She watches too much of that “Hoarders”
show on television, and Real Lives, and HGTV.

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