"3,000 books line the walls of my house. They define me; they remind me I thought this, was interested in that; they reassure me. Occasionally I shed a few books, but to get rid of many of them would be like discarding part of my mind."

Penelope Lively:

This must be one of John Ashbery’s shortest poems, and I’m not sure why he felt the need to write any others — this one sort of says it all

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