Friday, May 18, 2012

Bookstore as Pawn Shop

From Robert Lowell's "91 Revere Street"

I mentioned Robert Lowell in the Kenyon Review interview, then went looking for the book on my shelf and couldn't find it. Perhaps I'd sold it? I've sold thousands of books over the years. We had a tiny apartment, we needed money . . .

I went into Moe's to get a few things last week. Found Lowell's LIFE STUDIES/FOR THE UNION DEAD in the "used poetry" section. It was my own copy! I'd bought it in Brooklyn in 1990 and sold it to Moe's in December of 2010, before moving to this new apartment in Oakland. They sold it back to me for $2.50 (half-price). Bookstore as pawn shop!

Massachusetts 54th
Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on the Boston Common