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no silence in the library

31 Jul

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Keh-RAH.

READ!

It’s said to be one of those onomatopoetic words in the HebrewCarl_Spitzweg_021-detail
imitating the sound of a beast or bird crying out.
I can’t help but think of the “caw-caw” of the crow.

Which tells me that reading is supposed to raise a racket.
Only modern libraries in Western culture would ever post
“Shhhhhhh!” warnings.
There was no silence in the library.
Reading is a noisy business.

But even more instructive than that was the note
that this Hebrew word is a primitive root
signifying the “accosting of a person met.”

To read is to accost.
To read is to be accosted.
Accosted by
thoughts
opinions
ideas
epiphanies
revelations
serendipities.

Reading as wrestling
much like
that pile of boisterous brothers I recently witnessed
wrestling
squirming
squealing
laughing
crying
accosting.

How tame our reading can be by contrast.
If we read at all.
Glancing blows over words
A perennial search for smooth reading fare that leaves
our core beliefs unstretched
our hair unmussed
our heart unperturbed.

Writer, prophet, poet,
O muse,
accost me.

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2 Comments

Posted by on July 31, 2014 in haverings, word studies

 

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2 responses to “no silence in the library

  1. After the Masters

    July 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I have always appreciated that the URL for the Garden City Library is
    http://www.notaquiet library.org

    Recently I was intrigued about the relationship between Voltarine de Cleyre and Anna Goldman; they maintain a respectful relationship even they disagreed on many issues. just now realizing I was much less interested in what their thoughts were – but certainly impacted by their ability to debate even while agreeing to disagree.

     
  2. wordhaver

    July 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Kudos to the Garden City Library! And I love spirited discussions when you sense the underlying respect, not only for each other, but for the truth of the matter under discussion. But when it’s a more vicious jabbing for the intellectual kill behind the shield of one’s own talking points – not so much. And it doesn’t take much discernment to see which is which.

     

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