Favorite Poems

Have you got a favorite poem? Let the City of Houston know right now

Have you got a favorite poem? Let the City of Houston know right now

Russian House night of Russian poetry book with quill
Have you got a favorite poem? Let the City of Houston know. Photo courtesy of Russian House of Austin/Facebook

A lot of things come and go, but poems can stay with you forever. I can still remember most of Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride," that I learned in seventh grade.

Have you got a favorite poem? Now's the time to let the city know.

Mayor Sylvester Turner has launched the City of Houston Favorite Poem Project and is inviting all Houstonians to submit their favorite poem and explain why it is important to them. A lucky few ones will be videotaped reading their favorite poem and selection of the poems will be included in a commemorative printed collection that will be published in spring 2017.

The deadline for submissions is July 8. For more details visit www.houstontx.gov/favoritepoemproject.html or call 832-393-1313.

The project is an initiative of the City of Houston Poet Laureate Program under the direction of Poet Laureate Robin Davidson and is made possible with the support of University of Houston-Downtown, Calypso Editions, Houston Public Library and Inprint.

The Houston project is modeled on former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s national project, Americans’ Favorite Poems, dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives.