Because I like books that begin with poems

I’ve begun reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane to the boys. It’s by Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. She had me at the verse with which she begins her novel, excerpted from Stanley Kunitz’s “The Testing-Tree:”

The heart breaks and breaks

and lives by breaking.

It is necessary to go

through dark and deeper dark

and not to turn.