Junot Díaz recently called Aracelis Girmay’s “Kingdom Animalia” his favorite poem in a New York Times Sunday Book Review feature. The list, entitled "What's Your Favorite Poem?," features a number of highly-acclaimed authors and public personas discussing their favorite poems, including broadcast journalist Katie Couric, actor Alan Cumming, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, novelist Stephen King, young adult author John Green, children’s author Mo Willems, actress Mary-Louise Parker, and This American Life host Ira Glass.
Díaz says: "Girmay is one of my favorite poets. She blows across the islands of my soul like storm season. I remember rereading these lines shortly after I lost my sister:
Oh, body, be held now by whom you love.
Whole years will be spent, underneath these impossible stars,
when dirt’s the only animal who will sleep with you
& touch you with
And I was never the same."
Click here to see the full New York Times feature.
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