perspective-taking and empathy; critical analysis and the generation of
insight”—I need only recall the epiphany I described at the beginning
of this essay about looking up to discover a pile of tiny books beside my
bedside table. There they were, right next to my smartphone: real books,
stacked up like bricks, solid as knowledge itself. And maybe that’s what
they are, these tiny books: bricks in perhaps the last bulwark we have
against losing a very vital, human part of ourselves.
Andrew Mulvania is the author of a collection of poems, Also in
Arcadia, published by Backwaters Press. Recent poems have appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review and Smartish Pace. He has
twice been a writer-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institute and
was awarded an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship in Poetry
from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches writing
at Central Methodist University.