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Our Special Collections....
Ex Libris Erotici, Arcana, Curiosa, Pauline Reage, Ephemera, Austin Osman Spare, Beardsley......
 
 
Some of Our Most Recent Book Acquisitions.
New Stock on All Subjects with Latest Updates.
 
 
Our Online Book Catalogues.
Some Highlights from our Current Listings..
 
 
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John Fowles Rarities.
A Unique Foreign Language Collection.
 
 
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Hundertwasser Card Stock Sale
Metallic Foil Cards & Posters
 
 
Pianolas Bought & Sold
Player-Pianos and Mechanical Music in Lyme
 
 
Jane Austen and Palgrave
Lyme Regis' Historical & Literary Connections Sanctuary Poetry Choices
 
 
Original Artwork & Paintings
George & Lynne's Bedroom Frolics, Ollie Lett's Cats, Hundertwasser prints........The French Lieutenant's Woman Film Posters and Ephemera........
 
 
A Year in Lyme Regis
News & Views from the local press......
 
 
Lyme Regis Web Links
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For Your Five Day Weather
Local Weather Forecast
 
 
Some Leads for Geology Enthusiasts.....
Jurassic Coast Stratigraphy, Some Recent Images.....
 
 
Tide Tables for Lyme
Seven Day Forecast
 
 
A Dorset Hideaway. The Undercliff Studio.
Self Catering in the Wild Woods.
 
 
Prose Poems of the Month.
Our Poetry Choices for 2018...
 
 
Antiquities for Sale
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Prose Poems of the Month.


July 2019
"The Flying Swans"


At the ebb of day comes the tide of night
Carrying myriads of star flowers.
 
Suddenly I hear
In the vaste emptiness of the evening sky
The lightning flash of sounds
Shattering from the far to the far beyond.
 
O flying swans,
Tonight you have opened for me the door of silence.
Behind her veil, in earth, sky, water,
I heart the restless beating of wings.
 
I hear the countless voices of the human heart
Flying unseen…
From the dim past to the dim unblossomed future.
 
Hear, within my own breast
The fluttering of the homeless bird, which,
In company with countless others
Flies day and night.
The void of the universe is resounding with the music of wings...
 
“Not here, Not here. Somewhere far beyond...”.

Rabindranath Tagore. 1861 - 1941.

October 2018


"He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven".
W.B. Yeats

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Anthony Hopkins reads it beautifully, in this scene from "84 Charing Cross Road..."..click here...

September 2018



“The Minister for Exams”

When I was a child I sat an exam. The test was so simple
There was no way I could fail.

 Q1. Describe the taste of the moon
“It tastes like creation” I wrote,..”..”it has the flavour of sunlight”.

 Q2. What colour is love?
“Love is the colour of the water a man

lost in the desert finds”, I wrote..

 Q3. Why do snowflakes melt?
I wrote…”.. they melt because they fall
on the warm tongue of God”.

There were other questions. They were just as simple.

I described the grief of Adam when he was expelled from Eden.
I wrote down the weight of an elephant’s dream.

Yet today, many years later
For my living I sweep the street
…and clean out the toilets of the fat hotels

Why?     Because constantly I failed my exams. 

Why?     Well…let me set a test..

Q1. How large is a child’s imagination..?
Q2. How shallow is the soul of the Minister for Exams…..?

Click here for...
Brian Patten


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