Shel Silverstein Poems
- Hug O'War I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at...
- Where The Sidewalk Ends There is a place where the sidewalk ...
- The Giving Tree Once there was a tree.... and she loved a ...
- A Boy Named Sue Well, my daddy left home when I was ...
- A Light In The Attic There's a light on in the attic. ...
- Crowded Tub
- Smart My dad gave me one dollar bill 'Cause I'm his smartest...
As Edwin McDowell reported in the New York Times Book Review (8 Nov 1981), Silverstein "for several years now... has refused interviews and publicity tours, and he even asked his publisher not to give out any biographical information about him." What is known about Silverstein, however, is that he was born in Chicago (Illinois) in 1932, is divorced and has one daughter. Most of what is known about his views and opinions, aside from what may be interpreted from his works, comes from a Publisher's Weekly (24 Feb 1975) interview with Jean F. Mercier. Silverstein discussed the roots of his career in his childhood with Mercier:
"When I was a kid - 12, 14, around there -... more »
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I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.