The Ancient Modern
Feast of Books / Joshua Alan Sturgill
Bright & sweet & oil-drenched feast of books!
Not for the delicate, the food-allergic, but for
the round-limbed, lusty travelers, the fighters
for their souls—the ones who tear open
the basement darkness, who rise to build,
to honor & salute the Truth contained
within the glass of words, who eat & drink
until their conversation weighs against & breaks
the brazen gates of politics! Sleepers wake!
& taste the vibrant grace of Poetry, the salt
in Song, the spark illuminating History!
You dying souls, revive your love of Prophecy!
—of invigorating Myth & sumptuous
Philosophy! We gather here to bless this table,
spread with every hope the heart can hold:
food for the mind & for the will: the banquet
of Eternity, at which we must arrive attired in
our finest sanity, invited by our finest books!