Poem of the Day
alternate names for black boys
BY DANEZ SMITH
1. smoke above the burning bush
2. archnemesis of summer night
3. first son of soil
4. coal awaiting spark & wind
5. guilty until proven dead
6. oil heavy starlight
7. monster until proven ghost
9. phoenix who forgets to un-ash
10. going, going, gone
11. gods of shovels & black veils
12. what once passed for kindling
13. fireworks at dawn
14. brilliant, shadow hued coral
15. (I thought to leave this blank
but who am I to name us nothing?)
16. prayer who learned to bite & sprint
17. a mother’s joy & clutched breath
Source: Poetry (March 2014)
Berkeley Books of Paris opened for business in May 2006 when three Californians who had met and worked together at a bookstore in the center of Paris decided to team up and build their own.
Phil Wood had been coming to Paris for many years and decided to move here from San Francisco in 1996. In 1997 he co-founded the San Francisco Book Co, hired Richard and Phyllis, and spent the next seven years building up the bookshop before retiring. In 2002 Phil and his wife, Anouk, moved from Montmartre to the Ile St-Louis, where they lead a happily quiet life together, playing host as often as possible to their children and grandchildren. He retired, for the third time, in 2014.
Richard Toney worked for many years for Green Apple Books in San Francisco before moving to Paris in 1999, when he was headhunted to work for the San Francisco Book Company. In 2005, he, Phil, and Phyllis reunited to build another bookshop. Richard is very widely read and knowledgeable about many subjects, as is shown by the stock in our shop, some of which came from his personal collection. Richard retired from an illustrious career of curmudgeonly bookselling in 2014.
Phyllis Cohen spends most of her time tending to books and finding good homes for them.