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Friday, August 27, 2010


by George Held

The sleek electronic reader,
now a digital sales leader,

spells anew Gutenberg’s death-knell,
showing volumes the way to Hell.

Whether Kindle, Reader, or Nook,
there’s no hope for the printed book,

that waster of lumber and ink,
now that most books have their own link

to electronic monitors.
How clever the youthful editors

who invented the “Kindle” name 
to ignite and send up in flame

a part of our cultural heritage
in this prolific Electronic Age.

George Held has collected many of his New Verse News poems in The News Today.