Books: Find your inner poet

Paul Eisenberg

Celebrate poetry with these reads.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

By Shel Silverstein, $18.99

Silverstein’s humor remains as relevant and touching as it did when you were a kid. This 2004 update contains all the old favorites and 12 new poems. As the author says, “If you are a dreamer, come in ... For we have some flax golden tales to spin.”

It All Changed in an Instant

By Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, $12

Not poetry in the strictest sense of the term, this update to Smith’s hugely popular original roundup of brief memoirs can be as touching, humorous and heartbreaking as the best verse. Frank McCourt’s entry: “The miserable childhood leads to royalties.”

The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun

By J.R.R. Tolkien, $26

While the most famous epics like “Beowulf” and “The Odyssey” were written many centuries ago, the world’s 20th-century master of fantasy penned this epic retelling of a classic Viking legend before writing “The Lord of the Rings.”

Love Letters of Great Men

By John C. Kirkland, $19.95

William Shakespeare gets most of the credit for writing the best love letters of all time. But guys like Sir Walter Raleigh, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allen Poe and George Bernard Shaw could put some heartfelt love on paper as well. Some of these letters were featured in the movie “Sex in the City.”

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou, $25.95

Angelou’s voice spans nearly everything that divides people, from race to gender to economic status. Included in this volume is “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she delivered at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.