14 Great Poets on Their Favorite Love Poems

We imagine that many of you may be getting down to the wire on finding that perfect love poem to scribble inside your beau’s pink card (or croon drunkenly from a snowy patch below your girlfriend’s bedroom window, whatever floats your boat), with tomorrow being Valentine’s Day and all. To help out, and to celebrate the season of love, we’ve asked a few great poets to tell us their favorite love poem or the line of poetry they find most romantic — and why, so you can sound smart when you steal it. After the jump, read some fantastic poetry chosen by some fantastic poets, and you’ll be one step closer to a very successful holiday (and a more successful soul, probably).

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Nikky Finney, author of Head Off & Split:

Favorite line: “The way you make love is the way God will be with you,” Rumi

“There are so many words by Rumi that melt me straightaway into the heart pine floor. This particular line of words is so powerful and free of prediction that first it freezes me, forcing my eyes closed, and then instantly it infuses me with a kind of sweet slow burn that reminds me that I am so alive and so willing to take another chance on another new day. If this line had been spoken at Emmanuel Methodist Church when I was a girl in South Carolina I would not have been bored and scribbling bad poetry in the margins of the church program. I would have been mindful, engrossed, bowed, a devoted girl shepherd — imagining the future.”