Favorite Poem Project

Most of us have a favorite poem. It’s probably not the most perfect poem, or the most famous. My favorite poem isn’t even meant for adults! But it gave me chills the first time I read it and I’m pretty sure it changed the way I think. Whatever the reason for your favorite poem, it’s stuck with you, and I think that counts for a lot.

In 1997, Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project, which collects videos and letters from Americans of all ages and backgrounds sharing their favorite poems. On the Favorite Poem Project website, there are 50 short documentary videos of people reading and talking about their favorite poems — including students, doctors, politicians, and poets. The project has also compiled multiple anthologies and inspired favorite poem readings across the country.

I love hearing people read poetry, and I’ve really enjoyed checking out the videos on the Favorite Poem Project. I hope you poke around a bit. Just to give you a taste, here’s a video of a student from Boston reading Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool,” which is possibly the coolest reading of this poem I’ve ever heard:

What’s your favorite poem? Feel free to leave it in comments.

5 thoughts on “Favorite Poem Project

  1. Follow Thy Fair Sun by Thomas Campion

    It was written in the 16th or 17th century and has caputured the feeling of envy in a way I’ve never seen in any other poem.

  2. humanity i love you by e e cummings

    First time I read it, I got the chills after the last line and I read the whole thing over and over again until the librarian told me they were closing soon.

  3. Move Pen Move, by Shane Koyczan.

    It’s a poem that will break your heart, no matter who you are, and somehow still inspire you to keep breathing.

  4. I have three favorite poems.

    1. The Highwayman– I totally love the story
    2. The puple cow
    3. Down By the Salley Gardens

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