EPL Staff Poetry Favorites - Listen Now!

Published Monday, April 12, 2021

In recognition of National Poetry Month, Edwardsville Public Library staff has chosen some of their favorite poems to share with you. You can listen to them in the accompanying Spotify playlist, or request a copy to read from the library catalog.

Expand our poetry universe by sharing your favorite poems with us in the comments below!

"Boomerang Valentine" by Andrea Gibson, from Lord of the Butterflies

Request: Lord of the Butterflies

"Twistable, Turnable Man" by Shel Silverstein, from A Light in the Attic

Request: A Light in the Attic

"The Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, from Through the Looking Glass

Request: Through the Looking Glass

"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley


"Shall I compare thee to a summers day" by William Shakespeare,

available in Americans' favorite poems : the Favorite Poem Project anthology

Request: Americans' favorite poems : the Favorite Poem Project anthology

"Song of the Front Yard" by Gwendolyn Brooks, from Selected Poems

Request: Selected Poems

"Hope is The Thing With Feathers" by Emily Dickinson, found in Emily Dickenson : Poetry for young people

Request: Emily Dickinson : Poetry for young people

"Sick" by Shel Silverstein, from Where the Sidewalk Ends

Request: Where the Sidewalk Ends

"O.C.D." by Neil Hilborn, from Our Numbered Days

Request: Our Numbered Days

"Fat Joke" by Rachel Wiley, from Nothing is Okay

Request: Nothing is Okay
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