Poet Shel Silverstein gets new tribute album

The humorous, touching stories and poems of Shel Silverstein were favorite bedtime reading when my children were small. Family favorites included "A Light in the Attic" and "The Giving Tree."

So I was happy to hear that musicians including John Prine, Andrew Bird and Kris Kristofferson are joining on a new tribute album. The 15-song album, called "Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein," is scheduled for release on June 8.


You can read more about Silverstein, who died in 1999 at the Academy of American Poets. Here's a poem that captures his imagination and whimsy: "Where the Sidewalk Ends":

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black

And the dark street winds and bends.

Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow

We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And watch where the chalk-white arrows go

To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children, they mark, and the children, they know

The place where the sidewalk ends.