Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Brussels Book Fair

The Book Fair: 44th edition
In three long halls - such erudition!
I wander round, stop at the stands
And peruse the work of many hands.

Kiddie volumes aren’t my style
But strip cartoonists sign a pile
Of quickly sold, bright coloured tomes
Which vanish into Belgian homes!

The range of subjects on display
Is vast; I’m in temptation’s way:
A glossy guidebook? Uni text?
Slim poem book? Whatever next?

A novel? Thriller? History tale?
Or biographies which never fail
To find new punters who are keen
To delve into a racy scene …

E-books and Kindles are on show
Space-saving, high tech … Way to go?
I wonder; we live at such speed
That it’s nice to sit somewhere and read.

(c) Poet in the woods 2014



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