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September 26th, 2011

Miracle or Typo? And other book notes

On an overnight visit to London...

One of my talks this week ended up with me getting a £75 book token card, so I went crazy... I've spent all but two pounds of it, now.

Among them is a book of poetry edited by Carol Ann Duffy, To the Moon -- An Anthology of Lunar Poems. One of the things I always look at in such books are the birth and death dates of the poets (they are presented here in order of birth year) and of course there are all the British poets who died between 1914-1918.

But then I came across a young woman, born 1897, died 1922. So young! What might she have accomplished, if only... These sort of "what-ifs" are hopeless, of course, and yet I did feel an overwhelming sense of sadness, almost a prayer, begging that somehow it might have been different. And I got to wondering, how did she die? So I looked her up on the internet. Ruth Pitter. Born 1897. Died 1992. She lived to be 95 years old!

Yes, the cynics among you might think it was just a typo in the book... hah!

Also, I saw a copy of Turn Left at Orion (4th Edition) in Blackwells. It looks gorgeous, nicer than I ever could have imagined. I didn't really appreciate what the larger page size does. Everyone should go out and buy a copy. Or two.

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