Tuesday, September 16, 2008


It has been calculated that each copy of the Gutenburg Bible ... required the skins of 300 sheep.

--from an article on printing

I can see them squeezed into the holding pen
behind the stone building
where the printing press is housed,

all of them squirming around
to find a little room
and looking so much alike

it would be nearly impossible
to count them,
and there is no telling

which one will carry the news
that the Lord is a shepherd,
one of the few things they already know.

Billy Collins

Billy Collins was Poet Laureate from 2001-2003. The Monrovia Public Library has his books Sailing Alone Around the Room, Nine Horses, Daddy's Little Boy, and The Trouble with Poetry.

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