We read to know we are not alone

‘We read to know we are not alone’ 

from the film Shadowlands, Dir Richard Attenborough.


My favourite quote about reading from one of my favourite films about the writer C. S. Lewis who most of us know through the Narnia books, the most famous of which ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe’.

I like to think that I can also adapt this quote to explain one of the main reasons why I write – ‘I write to tell people they are not alone’. 

After publishing a post about letters it made me contemplate the opposite of writing, reading. So in the past I have enjoyed playing around trying to make found poems from album track listings.  I looked up at my current bookshelf  and created the poem from some of the titles.

Any alternative suggestions for the title would be much appreciated.




My name is Lucy Barton

and I live on Aristotle Way

in the paper house

its walls scribbled thick

with notes from a nervous planet

and the selected poems

of Emily Dickinson

spend my time

attempting to compose

my four letters of love

writing in the warlight

of my inflamed mind

with its black rainbows

and strange neon Tokyo weather

to the embers I ask

‘let evening come’

and bring the peace

of wild things

to this whole life

this possible life

where all the birds



If you are interested these are the book titles with authors that make up the poem in the order they appear.

  1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  2. Aristotle’s Way by Edith Hall
  3. The Paper House by Carlos Maria Dominguez
  4. Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  5. The Selected Poems By Emily Dickinson
  6. Four Letters of Love by Nial Williams
  7. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  8. The Inflamed Mind by Edward Bullmore
  9. Black Rainbow by Rachel Kelly
  10. Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
  11. Embers by Sandor Marai
  12. Let Evening Come selected poems of Jane Kenyon
  13. The Peace of Wild Things poems by Wendell Berry
  14. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
  15. A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
  16. All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld





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