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The City Council has approved five poems written by Evanston residents to be stamped into the concrete at the new entrance of the main library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

The public submitted 328 poems in response to a call for poems. A review committee convened in May to select the final five entries. These poems, reprinted below, have received final approval by City Council. Funds for the Sidewalk Poetry Project, which cost about $10,000, were provided from the Washington National tax-increment financing (TIF) district.


By Ethan Plaut

My poems

Are research

Into how

The perfect


Would sound

Just in case

I should find

The person

With whom to

Have it.

Clark Street Beach

By Charlotte Hart

Lake Michigan smooth

Sunrise barefoot wedding

Kissing laughing

Tux pants rolled up

Gown held above sand.

We were the old couple walking by

Holding hands.

Poem 3

By Toby Sachs

(with image of two footprints)

You may step where I step

But you may not walk in my shoes

Unless you try.


By Susan Gundlach

Flitting spots of white

Lighting on dead flower stalks:

Winter’s butterflies.

The Poetic Foot

By Alicia Berneche

Your feet scan these words

And you feel the vibration of meaning

Through their soles.

Poetry is motion

And the rhythm of bodies

That pound their stories

Into the earth.