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A federal entity prompted American composer Ira Gershwin to write,
worthy of a
mighty nation. . .” *
1966, in Washington D.C.
A beloved librarian prompted Lee Bennet Hopkins
Storyteller (for Augusta Baker).
a few lines from it by LBH
. . . And as her voice
I believe in
I believe in
happily ever after.
c. 2015 Lee Bennett Hopkins
in Jumping Off Library Shelves
Book Speak!, Jumping Off
Library Shelves & I Am The Book
comprise my tiny & treasured
collection of poem books
about the dreamland worlds of
books that some
of us are lucky to learn
(Book Speak! is from Laura Purdie Salas, with
the other two from poet/editor Lee Bennett Hopkins. I know I have
missed other poetry collections about libraries/books, not
currently on my shelves,
so educate me, please.)
I pulled these titles
off the shelf Monday,
adrift in thoughts of
library grandeur, due to
a recent reverie
at a library that I only
Yes, a weekly trip to our
public treasure trove of titles
is a lift. It is a visit made with
with gratitude not only
for the haul of titles borrowed, also,
an astute weekly writing partner
hears me read my
latest, and I, hear hers.
But, hey, it’s Washington, D.C.,
where my heart
flutters to enter
The Jefferson Building of
the United States Library of Congress
is a cathedral
to research & to reading.
The art-tiled entry,
& artist-painted murals that represent
the fields of knowledge &
the practice of the arts, the
grand stairs & sculpture
of the entry hall of the main
building, are a
palace for the reading people. One stands
straighter, looks higher and dreams
At the Library of Congress
we visited, or peeked at, a lot.
The Florida maps on display.
The Gutenberg Bible. The
bookcased and domed
reading room. George and
Ira Gerswhin’s piano, just one classy
piece of the incomparable family
LOC legacy, which includes the annual
American songbook Gershwin Prize. *
(*This column’s opening rhyme by Ira Gershwin resides, in his own
handwriting, in the visitor’s guestbook kept for
the Ceremonial Office (here) of the Library of Congress.)
LOC display of
importance to our family,
with one attorney & one
This engaging exhibit of various
dramatic scenes, mainly in color,
from history-making, even
created on the job by
our nation’s little-known courtroom
chroniclers, many of them women.
Our volunteer guide that day was
Hope, who we thank for an
extra special tour.
One can not live in the
LOC (although one can enjoy breakfast
& lunch there) & eventually
we left. I was not
sad though, partly because
of another feature of
c. 2017 JGA
What/where is your poem about the Library of Congress?
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