April 21 – Rewriting the World | #NaPoWriMo

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Rewriting the World

nahaiwrimo prompt for Day 21: PRINT

“I just finished reading ‘The Printmaker’s Daughter’ by Katherine Govier about Hokusai’s daughter and their lives together early to mid 1800’s . The book got me thinking about woodblock printing, printing presses with moveable type, print making on silk or paper or other materials and how that has changed over the years since the invention of the Gutenberg press. How our civilization has changed because of print! Press on!”

Bring Your Own Plot

Print has gotten smaller
in books as years go by
and letters crowd the line
with two or more ascenders
where only one should be, and
below the quivering baseline
the descenders stub their toes

I do not know what choice to make
to maximize these story times—
read very fast for fleeting joy…
or memorize my favorite lines
to savor when the light fades
and shadows darken all

We will call up treasured stories,
the characters and I, and we
will plot out better endings
in which none of us will die

Copyright © 2018-05-02, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

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