my library

i love old, worn copies of sonnets
anotated browning, outdated versions of guare plays
now completed and re-released
yet when i search pubmed for information on immunobiology
2002 is medieval
something old and something new
both, rachel knows, equally thrilling
and so my collection is eclectic
and i loan to friends, carefully inscribing
my name in the upper left hand corner of the inside cover

alone now, looking through shelves of books, interlarded with a box of photos, a journal, a piggy bank, i appraise journals, plays and poems
a new paperback - $7.99
an out of print feminist play bought off ebay - $15.00 plus shipping
a signed copy of the hours is simply not part of the circulating collection.
Adrienne D. Mishkin