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If you ask me abruptly

Why write poetry

Why not do

Something useful

Then I won’t know

How to answer you

I am like a goldsmith hammering day and night

Just so I can extend pain

Into a gold ornament as thin as a cicada’s wing

I don’t know if working so hard

To transform sorrows into

Shimmering words and phrases

Is also

Beautifully worthwhile.

~XI Murong

Not too long ago I visited Idle Time Books in Adams Morgan, Washington DC. There I found this awesome book Where Books Fall Open by Bascove. In it you’ll find a beautiful collection of poems (such as Poetry’s Value), prose and pictures dedicated to the devoted reader and writer. Below is one of the pictures I took during my visit.