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Poem Written at Morning

The Favorite Poem Project: Shayna Nestor (CAS’08) reads Wallace Stevens

Click above to hear Shayna Nestor (CAS’08) read her favorite poem.

Shayna Nestor (CAS’08)

“Poem Written at Morning” by Wallace Stevens

“I chose to read this poem because it looks at how we experience the world around us, through aesthetics and multiple sensory intake.”

“By reading poems we love aloud, we can learn how much pleasure there can be in the sounds of words,” says Robert Pinsky, a College of Arts and Sciences professor of English and former U.S. poet laureate. “It’s as though saying the words of a poem aloud makes one feel more able, more capable than in ordinary life. You enter a different state.”

Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project in 1997 during the first of an unprecedented three terms as poet laureate to encourage Americans to celebrate and explore their love of poetry. Since then, the project — now directed by BU poet Maggie Dietz (GRS’97) — has produced three anthologies and more than 1,000 readings around the country.

Throughout the semester, BU Today features a member of the BU community reading his or her favorite poem. Any student or faculty or staff member can participate.

If you’d like to read your favorite poem for BU Today, e-mail us at today@bu.edu.