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Gary Margolis: In honor of Shakespeare's First Folio visting Middlebury College

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Posted on February 10, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



In Honor of Shakespeare’s First Folio

Visiting the Middlebury College Museum 

 

Inside the box, under glass,

the air ‘s 1623 again. The paper

we’re told, woven from a pauper’s

 

shirt. Each folio a worn fingerprint.

I’m standing behind a class

of fidgeting Cornwall boys wanting

 

to touch the glass. To not be told

when to open their lunch boxes.

Save one of them who’s close enough

 

to wave his hand, as if over Ouiji’s

conjuring board. Appearing to call

the words out. As if he could know

 

what they mean, what the playwright

meant. How the air we breathe is the same

air he wrote for his actors to speak across

 

four centuries, the millennia. How

a boy would be bussed into town

with his friends, so he could ask

 

Mrs. Sears, Why are we here?

Until he saw the cover appearing

to move, he wasn’t afraid to say

 

like a worm in Vermont’s, frozen

grass. He knew wasn’t supposed to be

seen this time of year. 

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

Read about the First Folio in Middlebury by clicking here, and read another appreciation of The Bard by Gaen Murphree here.

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