We have all seized the white perimeter as our own
And reached for a pen if only to show
We did not just laze in an armchair turning pages;
We pressed a thought into the wayside,
Planted an impression along the verge.

from Billy Collins – Marginalia on Rap Genius

Meaning

In this stanza, the poet includes a community of active readers in his ode to marginalia. These are active readers who engage the works under study with their own thoughts—just like the communities of Rap Genius and Poetry Genius! You are right now experiencing Marginalia 2.0!

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