August 25, 2019


XXXIX (from Last Poems)

A. E. Housman


When summer's end is nighing
  And skies at evening cloud,
I muse on change and fortune
  And all the feats I vowed
  When I was young and proud.

The weathercock at sunset
  Would lose the slanted ray,
And I would climb the beacon
  That looked to Wales away
  And saw the last of day.

From hill and cloud and heaven
  The hues of evening died;
Night welled through lane and hollow
  And hushed the countryside,
  But I had youth and pride.

And I with earth and nightfall
  In converse high would stand,
Late, till the west was ashen
  And darkness hard at hand,
  And the eye lost the land.

The year might age, and cloudy
  The lessening day might close,
But air of other summers
  Breathed from beyond the snows,
  And I had hope of those.

They came and were and are not
  And come no more anew;
And all the years and seasons
  That ever can ensue
  Must now be worse and few.

So here's an end of roaming
  On eves when autumn nighs:
The ear too fondly listens
  For summer's parting sighs,
  And then the heart replies.


Our summer days are coming to an end, but the memories we shared with family and friends will last a lifetime. Over the past few months, we have packed up bookshelves and reminisced as we closed our Great Barrington editorial office. Our dedicated staff has expanded across the US, and we found many enjoying the quiet work that a home office can bring.

You will still see the familiar faces in your communities as we get together to collaborate on projects. The surprising gifts of strolling through the well stuffed shelves brought new treasures in the form of print-to-order favorites and are bringing new life to important books long out of print. We hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane in the coming weeks as we revisit our roots and deepen our commitment to our mission, while we say goodbye to summer and hello to new beginnings in the crisp air of fall.

Until next time,

Kathy Donchak


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