“Lines to a Nasturtium” by Anne Spencer

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Black and white photograph of a light-skinned black woman standing in a lovely 19th-century white wedding dress
Anne B. Spencer in her wedding dress, 1900, from an archive collected by James Weldon and Carl Van Vechten (Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University/Wikimedia Commons)

Amanda Holmes reads Anne Spencer’s poem, “Lines to a Nasturtium.” Have a suggestion for a poem? Email us: podcast@theamericanscholar.org. If we select your entry, you’ll win a copy of a poetry collection edited by David Lehman.

This episode was produced by Stephanie Bastek and features the song “Canvasback” by Chad Crouch.

Permission required for reprinting, reproducing, or other uses.

Amanda Holmes, the author of the novel I Know Where I Am When I’m Falling, is a columnist and poetry editor for the Washington Independent Review of Books.


Please enter a valid email address
That address is already in use
The security code entered was incorrect
Thanks for signing up