Favorite Poem Project: Chicago documents the role of poetry in the lives of Chicagoans. Late last year, the Poetry Foundation invited residents of “the city of big shoulders” to share their favorite poems and to speak about their personal significance. From hundreds of submissions, the national Favorite Poem Project and Chicago’s own Poetry Foundation chose the favorite poems of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and five other Chicagoans. In this exciting video series, discover a few of Chicago’s favorite poems and celebrate the poetry lovers who responded to our call. Join us as we release one or two new Favorite Poem Project: Chicago videos each week for the remainder of April.
Favorite Poem Project: Chicago brings to our city poet Robert Pinsky’s national initiative and celebrates poetry as a vocal art. We invite our fellow citizens to join us in watching our series.
Check this page regularly to view the six videos in the series, which will be released twice each week starting on Monday, April 14.
Samantha Kyrkostas & Charles A. "Dockie" Schlegel
"When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats
"The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens
"The Children of the Poor" by Gwendolyn Brooks
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg
"The Waking" by Theodore Roethke
"Since There is No Help" by Michael Drayton
About the Favorite Poem Project
The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997. During the one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project volunteering to share their favorite poems—Americans from ages 5 to 97, from every state, of diverse occupations and backgrounds. From those letters emerged several enduring collections: three anthologies and 50 mini-documentaries, which are available for viewing at favoritepoem.org.