Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Poetry quote of the Day: Favorite Poem Project

Today's quote comes from a young reader of poetry, responding to the E.E. Cummings poem,"somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond."

"I have read this poem so many times that the spine of the book is broken and always turns to its page. Today I gave that book away to the first person that I have ever truly and sincerely loved. I gave her the book because there is no gift I could give her that would be more honest. This poem has shaped who I am. It has been a long journey, but Cummings's poem set my heart on a course to find love, and I have arrived, only to truly understand the poem for the first time."

---Scott Nesbit, 18  (as quoted in Poems to Read, an anthology for the Favorite Poem Project.)

This post is part of my Poetry Quote a Day series for National Poetry Month.


  1. Aww. He's eighteen! And he reads poetry!!

    your slightest look easily will unclose me...


  2. Sigh. This is so beautiful.

  3. That's just the sort of thing to show people who get cranky about young people.

  4. I hope she knows how lucky she is.

    And word to what Adrienne said.


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