April is national poetry month (Have you ever looked up how many holidays are observed in a month? There’s a great deal, from the serious to the peculiar. It’s also Frog Month, Straw Hat Month, and Kite Month among other things.)

To celebrate, I thought I’d do a brief tour through some of my favorite poets/poems.

The first would have to be Shel Silverstein. He’s a childhood favorite. My dad bought me A Light in the Attic for my ninth birthday, and I read it many times that year, and in the years following. As I got older, I went to it less, but I still page through it from time to time.

Light in the Attic

They’re funny, and short, and come with hilarious and occasionally terrifying illustrations. And they rhyme, which while not necessary, is nice. Just a few poems is enough to lighten a dark day for me, and I’m sure many other people, no matter their age.

The poems are funny, thoughtful, and cover a wide range of topics. It’s nearly impossible to pick one as a favorite. The title poem is wonderful, for one. And so is this one.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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  1. Marcia says:

    Aaah, I remember this book so well! A great one, for sure!

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