I guess everyone has a book that s/he fundamentally needs. Mine costs just 2 euro each year and is one I delve into every single day.
It’s the Tide Table for this area and the information that’s in it runs my life in many respects. When and where I swim depends very largely on the ebb and flow of the tide and walking on the beaches around here is definitely best an hour or so after high tide.
There’s a second book that forms part of my day and I simply can’t leave it out. It is a collection of poems but, more than that, it is a book that gives all sorts of information for each day of the year about key events relating to poets’ lives.
For example, today March 24, marks the birth date of William Morris (1834), Laurence Ferlinghetti (1919), Ian Hamilton (1938) and Joe Shapcott (1958). It also marks the date on which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died (1882). Reading facts like these invariably sends me off to read about the lives and works of the poets mentioned.
So, today, I was introduced, via these meaderings, to this thought-provoking quote from Laurence Ferlinghetti:
“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
I’d love to know about the books that are an essential part of YOUR life?