Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge! I’ll be posting every day except Sundays throughout April. This year, my readers voted for the theme “My Favourite Book Quotes”. So I’ve collected together the quotations that move me, inspire me and make me smile. I hope you enjoy them!
For letter X, I’ve chosen my favourite quotes from Elizabeth Acevedo’s brilliant novel in verse, The Poet X. I couldn’t put the book down and it reduced me to floods of tears more than once. 10/10!
My Favourite Quotes from The Poet X
“And I think about all the things we could be
if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.”
“The world is almost peaceful when you stop trying to understand it.”
“I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn’t that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.”
“Burn it! Burn it. This is where the poems are,” I say, thumping a fist against my chest. “Will you burn me? Will you burn me, too?”
“Late into the night I write and the pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed onto them.
It almost feels like the more I bruise the page the quicker something inside me heals.”
“My parents probably wanted a girl who would sit in the pews wearing pretty florals and a soft smile. They got combat boots and a mouth silent until it’s sharp as an island machete.”
“If I were nothing but dust
would anyone chase the wind
trying to piece me back together?”
“I don’t know what, who or where God is; but if everything is a metaphor, I think he or she is a comparison to us. I think we are like, or as God. I think when we get together, and talk about ourselves, about being human, about what hurts us; we are also talking about God.
So that’s also church, right?”
“God, if you’re a thing with ears:
“When I’m told girls Shouldn’t. Shouldn’t. Shouldn’t. When I’m told To wait. To stop. To obey. When I’m told not to be like Delilah. Lot’s Wife. Eve. When the only girl I’m supposed to be was an impregnated virgin”
“There is freedom in choosing to sit and be still when everything is always telling you to move, move fast.”
“If my body was a Country Club soda bottle, it’s one that has been shaken and dropped and at any moment it’s gonna pop open and surprise the whole damn world.”
“It was just a poem, Xiomara, I think.Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
But it felt more like a gift.”
Have you read The Poet X? Do you enjoy novels in verse? Let me know in the comments!