Several years ago, I had the honor of judging some of the entries in New Hampshire's "Letters About Literature" competition before they headed into the final, national judging. Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and participating Centers for the Book in the states.
The contest requires that students write a letter to an author about how a particular book has affected them. On its website, the Library of Congress has winning letters back to 2000. One of the letters was written by Amelia Leuer to poet Linda Pastan about her poem, "Caroline." I direct you to the letter with the instructions: bring a tissue.
Here's Pastan's poem:
her coming death
as if it were a coat
she'd learned to sew.
When it grew cold enough
she'd simply button it
Such a simple poem had the power to relate to the life a young woman, and to inspire her to create a moving tribute.
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Photo courtesy Library of Congress.