Published on Academy of American Poets (https://poets.org)


The Libraries Didn't Burn

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?

Credit


Copyright © 2011 by Elaine Equi. Reprinted from Click and Clone with the permission of Coffee House Press.

Author


Elaine Equi

Elaine Equi is the author of numerous poetry books including, Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011).

Date Published: 2011-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/libraries-didnt-burn