Books as Wares, Poetry Month 2013 - Day 10
I would say that
one lords one’s way of life
over someone else’s
way of life
and that she believes
people who don't get
for whatever reason -
lack of opportunity
and so on -
are less than.
or perhaps the same -
an air of superiority
one who is overbearing in her claims.
Professors and teachers often
have this problem
because they're taught
and paid to be
expert in their subjects.
In my view,
the challenge for experts
is how to leave their professorial
in the classroom.
This is not to say
that experts who write
and craft books
who spend their time editing and proofing
and reading and re-reading
so others can learn the subjects
they're expert in,
should hide the finished work they do.
that is what books and articles (and poems) are
wares (products of work)
as the hats of hat designers are wares
as the cabinets of cabinet makers are wares
and the bridges or houses of architects
and the working-pipes of plumbers
as the electrician’s exacting light-fixtures
as the hairstyles of hairdressers
are wares and the dance of the dancer.
Any ware, any product - especially books
in my opinion - working
to move our poor suffering
lot of humanity
-Esther Altshul Helfgott