Thursday, December 29, 2005

Pilot Program

A mass of paper.

"Paper, Paper everywhere.
A mighty mass; a flood.

Paper, Paper everywhere.
But paper bound in tomes is good."

from "Rime of the Ancient Flat Surface"
Blue Sugarpoet

We bought a bookshelf to house my volumes. Poetroad has volumes too. Books are always welcome here - go ahead and send them, Mimi. Besides, I am going through my kids's books to eliminate the "unloved" volumes, so I should definitely have some room. I will make room for Nancy Drew.

Poetroad, by the way, describes his paper organization style as the "Pilot Program." "Pile-it," actually. "Pile-it here, pile-it there." It's good to eliminate the piles. It's called cleaning, I think. Still, I like to think of it as, "reclaiming the space." I've been trying to reclaim the space for fifteen years.

Not that I am some kind of "Neat Nancy." I'm nothing like that. I have my own Pilot Program going on in my room - it's called "laundry." I also have piles of books, mostly next to my bed - but who will deny an English teacher her books? Actually, I didn't always want to be an English teacher. This was the one career I could think of having that would allow me to justify my piles and piles of books (and papers).

Come to think of it, I really like books. I like the way they look. I like the way they feel in my hands. I like that they come in all different sizes and colors. I like that the words in them can entertain me and make me think and teach me to cook Fudgy Cappuccino Crinkles (which taste better rolled in the granulated sugar than in the powdered sugar, by the way).

2 comments:

Mimi said...

Thanks. You can freely dispose of any you do not want with no hard feelings. I am trying to reduce the amount of stuff I have.

Once I covered all the books I had in my office at work with plain white butcher block paper. It was interesting to see the reaction of people. Since the books were all different thicknesses and fairly well ordered I could find things still. Since I had sections, I would sometimes pull a book I didn't want but it would still have the information I needed.

The medieval english guy who stopped in my office one time burst out laughing. "Reclaiming the esoteric nature of books," he asserted knowingly.

Gracie said...

I have a thing against book jackets. I like to take them off and stick the books on the shelves naked.