The First Readings:
St. Louis

Late in the month, Robert Pinsky visited middle America for the fourth Favorite Poem launch event. On April 25, St. Louis residents spent a Saturday afternoon at Washington University listening to their city's favorite poems.

Local poet Carl Phillips succeeded in recruiting a variety of readers, including St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon, a cellist, and a local storyteller.

The event was sponsored by the Library of Congress and The Missouri Center for the Book.


Jason Carter-Solomon from The People Yes ("Hope is a tattered flag...")
Carl Sandburg
Read by Jason Carter-Solomon
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Kay Bonetti Callison Next Day
Randall Jarrell
Read by Kay Bonetti Callison
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