The poem “Gentle Readers” appears on page 23 of my new book of poems Too Bright to See (Simi Press 2021). Unfortunately, it appears as “Gentile Readers.” This poem is not about people who are or are not Jewish. It is about gentleness. Future copies of the book will carry the corrected poem.
Two young friends read a single book at the same time, together. One of them sits at a table while the other stands behind him, reading over his shoulder. The problem is that the one who is sitting is both a much faster reader and the one who turns the pages. The problem is solved without a word spoken. The one sitting rereads passages, while the slower of the two, so as to match his friend’s pace exactly, only pretends he is reading. He prefers the closeness of his friend to the unfolding story.