On my day off I wondered through the “GoodWill Book Store” in Memphis. It is a good way to stretch my reading money and I can sometimes find really good deals. I am always amazed to see what people get rid off.
Two poetry books caught my eye. The first was “October” by Fredric Koeppel and the author had signed it. Mr. Koeppel is a local Memphian who taught at the University of Memphis and then worked for the Commercial Appeal. Sadly for him the book was only $1.99. His poems are quite good and it made for a fun find.
The second book was “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson. The book is a red hardback that is older, but not a collector’s edition by any means. What caught my eye was the inscription on the inside “Merry Christmas and love to dear _________ from Aunt _______ . December 74 – may you find many quiet hours of fantasy with this book”. We have all been given books that did not excite us, but what drew me to this book was the part of “may you find many quiet hours of fantasy …..” I felt that I had to read and find out what it was about these poems that someone could get lost in them for hours and come back to time and again. This collection was a favorite of this Aunt and obviously touched her very deep. Poems have a way of doing that. Sadly, it appears that the book has never been read. Interesting what memories $2.00 will buy.