The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Happy 62nd Birthday to Catcher in the Rye




I almost let the day go by without wishing Holden’s story a happy 62nd birthday. I don’t know where I’d be without this book – frankly, I don’t want to know where I’d be had Ms. Wood not handed me a copy of this book my freshman year of high school. There has never been a story more powerful, more life changing, more eye-opening than Catcher in the Rye, and Holden Caulfield’s tale forced me to grow up, as well as allowed me to see that words were important – how people say them, the context in which they exist, and the immediacy in which they can change someone. That you J.D. Salinger for you writing. Thank you for allowing Holden to exist, and for giving Phoebe the ability to show him that he was goddamn worth something to someone.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “Happy 62nd Birthday to Catcher in the Rye

  1. The Running Son
    July 16, 2013

    Amazing how this one book has allowed so many people to be OK with being a little human, and feeling a bit crazy sometimes.

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