once I gave a party
and some of the people who should have come, didn't,
but all of my books were there,
enjoying themselves immensely,
and discussing so many things
lines from "Books" by William Baer
as the poem appears in Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry 1981, edited by Alan F. Pater
I wonder if these lines would make a good epigraph for Autobiography of a Book.