Later this afternoon, Bibby Line Group Head Office in Liverpool hosts the official launch of The Reader Organisation. Founded at the University of Liverpool in 1997, The Reader Organisation became a charitable trust during 2008. Our aim is to bring about a Reading Revolution. For us, literature is a force for social good and personal change. Our mission is to bring books to life. This means great literature reaching all kinds of people, in all kinds of ways.
It is therefore a day of celebration! So this week’s poem, with its jubilant tone, reflects that. Read, enjoy, rejoice! (and remember to let me know what you think…)
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
After reading this poem with one reading group in BLG, someone commented “this is a wonderful poem about returning to life”. Today is the beginning of a new life for The Reader Organisation; and what an exciting thing that is!