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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Wake: Up to Poetry

"The act of poetry is a rebel act."

Calm down with a real book

I have to admit I was in a pretty bad mood this morning. It was overcast, I was feeling pretty sleepy still, and the week has been moving at a snail’s pace. My mood wasn’t helped when I started reading some of the coverage of the London Book Fair 2011. More gloom and doom is being forecast by publishing professionals and media groups. I can just imagine how traditional publishers must feel when they go to the Fair and enter the “Digital Zone.”

One Publisher’s Weekly article covered a CEO panel that discussed whether the digital transition is a revolution or an evolution. A revolution suggests an overthrow of the old guard, namely “us,” while an evolution makes us feel like, if we embrace the changes, we can make it through.

Ugh. As the feeling of foreboding welled up in my chest this morning, I had to just shut my computer and get to work. The first thing I did when I got to the press was read a few poems from Brendan Kennelly’s Selected Poems (see “Birth” in particular). I immediately felt more calm and relaxed, more rooted in right now. Thank goodness we have poetry and real books to remind us to be more present in the moment instead of constantly worrying about the future.

-Amanda K.


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