cannot live withYou It would be Life And Life is over
there Behind the Shelf. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson c.1862 Complete Poems, no.640 (first published1890).
If only to be born were being invented Merely, or, better
still, to concoct oneself From an antique
alembic, a receipt. How splendid To take the phial
cleanly from its shelf; Powders and liquids,
all one's favourite hues Making the being
one would be, the looker at stars Or storks on the
spires of Denmark, drinker of dews, Or an eye simply. Charles (Mike) Doyle 'Phials', collected
Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a
coastal shelf. Get out as earlyas
you can, And don't have any
kids yourself. Philip Arthur Larkin 'This Be the Verse'.
ideas a bore becausetheydo not distinguish between live ones
and stuffed ones on a shelf. Ezra Loomis Pound Guide to Kulcher, pt.1, section1, ch.5.