Yet the one I think of most often,
The one that dangles from me like a locket,
Was written in the copy of Catcher in the Rye
I borrowed from the local library
One slow, hot summer.

from Billy Collins – Marginalia on Rap Genius

Meaning

The speaker here recalls his favorite annotation, a margin note in J.D. Sallinger’s A Catcher in the Rye (1951).

He describes his memory of reading the annotation through the simile of a “locket,” like a precious treasure.

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