A Haunting ‘Conversation’ (an excerpt)
by Vincent Canby, 1974
Have you considered the possibility that
everything that’s ever been said in this world
might still be echoing somewhere,
maybe rattling around within
the interior of a stone, a tree trunk
or at the bottom of the sea?
Though becoming increasingly faint,
the sounds shall never disappear
entirely and one day, perhaps,
there will be equipment Sensitive enough
to retrieve and record mankind’s oral history.
In 24 abridged volumes it would make
a perfect introductory offer to a book club.
Or even a book club all of its own.