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Monday, February 13, 2012


(Quilt from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, by Annie
Mae Young)

This poem seems to allude to the printer’s devils, the errand boys at a printer’s shop, so-called because the boys “do commonly and so black and bedaub themselves [with ink] that the workmen do jocosely call them devils,” according to Joseph Moxon's Mechanick exercises; or The doctrine of handy-works applied to the art of printing, published in London in 1683.


Read, as the dreamer reads,
Only between the lines.

Everything else is indubitably
A misprint, a devilish misprint.

~ Kenneth Fearing (1902-1961), American poet

1 comment:

Matt D said...

It's true,
the writers sets up guideposts,
but they can't give us the vision,
we have to see that ourselves,
and it's not always easy.