A Book as a Mode of Traveling to Other Worlds

July 31, 2012

Summer reading

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.  I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.”
— Anna Quindlen

A Book
by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul.

I especially love this Dickinson poem for its reminder that public libraries make books and armchair traveling affordable and accessible to all.




2 Responses to “A Book as a Mode of Traveling to Other Worlds”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Oh, those libraries are the best. I love books, but I’m not a collector of books. I keep copies only of the ones that I love the most. Otherwise, the library is perfect – as you say, it’s affordable for everyone.

    My best summer memories include the bookmobile, that came around twice a week – maybe once. My memory keeps shifting. In any event, we could bring piles of books home and read them under the shade of the trees with our lemonade next to us. What a wonderful way to pass the time!

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