Words to Read By

“Read … poems to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read them while you’re alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone else sleeps next to you. Read them when you’re wide awake in the early morning, fully alert. Say them over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of the culture — the constant buzzing noise that surrounds us — has momentarily stopped. These poems have come from a great distance to find you.”

– Edward Hirsch [emphasis my own]

He forgot to say, “Read them to the ones you care for, those you hope to care for, those you hope will care for you. Let the words fall from your mouth, lips trembling, let them float through the air and settle until they steep into your bones and show you who you are and who you will grow to be. That is how you grow to love words. That is how words teach you to love.”

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