* Mary Camille Beckman *
The poetry I love most, I love the way I did my girlhood best friend. And for the same reasons: disobedient wit, cool smarts, a throaty voice, candor. I love it for its intensity, for its invitation to intimacy.
* Ann Marie Thornburg *
When my fiancé and I talked to someone who might officiate our wedding, he good-naturedly suggested that we find a poem to read during the ceremony. To me the idea of selecting just one poem felt difficult, a little limiting, and overwhelming. But it also felt exciting, right, and meaningful. Poetry (grand, sweeping capital “P” not exactly intended, but acknowledged nonetheless), you’ve probably noticed, appears during ceremonies used to mark life events and transitions. Often it is paraded up to the podium, though sometimes you sense it’s been dragged. Poetry looks meaningful standing there in front of everyone, and so it is used, often beautifully: to profess, to explain, to mirror back what you think you see.