Books

Books
and children,
I love them!

Sometimes I love
the worst of them
and always, I hope,
the best of them.

I love what some
literary critics
call trash—
well, sometimes
I do.
It’s a sometimes-yes
and sometimes-no.

That critical line
is one that most of us
walk gingerly along,
mentally tossing books
to the right (accepted)
and to the left (rejected).

But the children,
thank God,
cross that critical line.
They hang

trapezelike
from it,
and they dip
or dive
into the bounty
of books
on both sides.
And that’s good.

/ / /

This is a found poem. Source: Sedney, Frances V. “On Being a Parent.” Innocence and Experience: Essays and Conversations on Children’s Literature, compiled and edited by Barbara Harrison and Gregory Maguire, Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, 1987, pp. 438.

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