Daily Archives: September 17, 2013

Embracing A “Poly-Libris” Reading Life

book_stack  I used to be a one-book man, but of late, I have taken to reading multiple books at once.  Here’s a quick peek at what’s checked out on my CLP library card:

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.  I have never read this book before, and I find its stirring environmental message to have the same deep impact on me as it did on those first readers in 1962.

Collected Poems: 1955 by Robert Graves.  I am still not quite through with this little gem.

Robert Graves: His Life And Work by Martin Seymour-Smith.  My fascination with Graves’ poetry has now bubbled over into a desire to learn more about the man’s life, so this biography fills the need nicely.

Backpacking: Essential Skills To Advanced Techniques by Victoria Steele Logue.  I’ve been doing a lot of walking and hiking in the local area of late.  Once I decide to branch out to a more serious, overnight jaunt, this book will come in very handy.

The Complete Guide To Climbing And Mountaineering by Pete Hill.   I’ve been bouldering too (an essential outdoor survival skill), and I confess to not really knowing what I am doing.  Mr.  Hill’s book provides lots of good advice on bouldering techniques.

Collected Poems by Jack Gilbert.  A friend turned me on to this local poet and I snagged our eBook copy.  His poems are at once rough and erudite, and sometimes difficult to read because of the raw emotions and memories they conjure in the mind’s eye.

So while perhaps a bit unfocused, I’ve found my new, “poly-libris” approach to the books in my life refreshing.

–Scott

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