Thursday, January 16, 2020

Quote of the Day (Phyllis McGinley, on a Girl Starting Adolescence)

“Thirteen’s anomalous – not that, not this:
Not folded bud, or wave that laps a shore,
Or moth proverbial from the chrysalis.
Is the one age defeats the metaphor.
Is not a town, like childhood, strongly walled
But easily surrounded; is no city.
Nor, quitted once, can it be quite recalled –
Not even with pity.”—Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), “Portrait of a Girl With Comic Book,” The New Yorker, Oct. 18, 1952, reprinted in American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Vol. 2: E.E. Cummings to May Swenson, edited by Robert Haas and John Hollander (2000)

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