Third Floor Section QA

From the collection Refuge, 2017.

Third Floor Section QA
The student walks
stutter-stepping along the row
not yet not yet almost
The Library of Congress system
narrowing things down
letter letter number number
zeroing in
this one
set of thoughts made tangible

The student hooks her finger
into the top of the spine
pulling the book toward her
a whole chunk of
exactly what
she’ll find out
when she sits down to read.

The student straightens her back
glides down the aisle
Steps receding
the sound softened by the ranks of books
she didn’t take
this time.

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