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At the Secondhand Table

At the Secondhand Table,

judge the books by their covers

written by: Caro Robson


Not their pictures, their patterns, their pretty designs

Trust the far less obvious signs:

Not paid-for quotations
Not stickers of stars
Instead, find books with paper scars
Trust lines in their spines
Trust creases, trust folds

To subtly show what you need to know:

That pages kept turning
That words were not skimmed
The stories weren’t shelved and not merely read
But eagerly loved and devoured instead

Open the book you can see by the cover
Tells the kind of story that makes a booklover

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