Seattle The City That Reads

Jojay By Jojay, 22nd Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1j3b05hz/
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Seattle is a place where that "Little Shop Around The Corner" is another book store.
It is said that Seattle has more book per capita than any other Metropolitan city.

I like the old stores that smell like worn leather, old magazines, and cats.

It is said that Seattle has more books per capita than any other metropolitan city.

Seattle is a place where that ‘Little Shop Around The Corner” is probably a book store.

A book store where you can buy new books like The Elliott Bay Book Company, or purchase old books that have limited editions like Twice Told Tales, or Half price Books in the University District.

I like the old stores that smell like worn leather, old magazines, and cats. I don’t think I’ve ever been in an old book store that hasn’t had a feline or two on site. (It’s usually a Tabby with brown fur that is curled up on one of the reading benches, or on a pile of books next to the check out desk.)

I wrote this poem after leaving an old book store on a rainy afternoon. I noticed a homeless person sitting on a bench in a nearby park; he was clutching a paper bag in one hand, and held a book in the other.

The City That Reads...

is sometimes called the Emerald City
but goes by Seattle

Even as rust attaches itself
to mean streets
that knows the flat copper eyes
of the homeless,
and notices needles nestling
in garbage cans
or buried in sand
along Alki beach

It is a city that reads
Lives unconsciously
builds upon itself
over and over

In a good presence
This city, Seattle
holds its denizens in a iridescent embrace
and makes a wholeness felt
even in its ornaments

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Goodwill, Michael Parkes Artist, Parkes, The Deva, Thrift Stores

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author avatar Jojay
I am a published and produced playwright. I enjoy writing about anything that strikes my fancy as well as engages my passion for a lifetime of learning.
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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Oct 2011 (#)

Beautiful poetry. Fascinating article. I'm glad to hear there's one city left in America where people still read.

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