Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Calling to Mind

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Calling to Mind

Article excerpt

Movie titles tend to go first

along with the names of the

actors who are now much

younger than you are.

That knowledge is not

important although it

limits conversation with

art film buffs who seem

encyclopedic in their

retention of facts or data

as the current digital

world would have it.

Book titles and authors

become anonymous while

you did not notice them

slip away into the dark

of moonless nights

although you read them

just a few years ago

when they appeared on

the New York Times best

seller list in hardback

but continue to remember

the ones assigned in college

classes in your youth

and some of the immortal

lines of Shakespeare

required by teachers of

the distant past. …

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