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