April is National Poetry Month, and we’re very excited about introducing patrons to the best modern and classic poetry we know. The
Here, some of our favorite poetry books:
Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein
Silverstein has always been great fun to read, from “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Would Not Take the Garbage Out)” to “Sick,” kids and adults alike will laugh at the poems and drawings in his collections of poems; he also wrote “The Giving Tree.”
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The New Kid on the Block – Jack Prelutsky
Another poet specializing in fun for kids, this book features the poem “Boing! Boing! Squeak!” – the tale of a bouncing mouse, and the title poem, “The New Kid on the Block,” which ends not at all how you’d expect.
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While Eliot’s personal life is full of drama, his poems were usually long, twisting affairs and thoughts on life both in the city and in his imagination. The
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Don’t You Turn Back; Poems – Langston Hughes
Famous for being part of the amazing Harlem Renaissance, Hughes was an African-American poet whose work sounds like jazz riffs on a piano. He wrote about music and life and growing up black in
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If you’d like to sample different poets and styles, try this edition. Included are e.e. cummings, Sylvia Plath, and this blogger’s favorite, Wallace Stevens.
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