Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Get Ready for Poem in Your Pocket Day

This Thursday, April 24, is Poem in your Pocket Day. This day began in New York City in 2002 as part of the city's celebration of National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets turned the day into a national initiative in 2008. Schools, libraries, bookstores and parks are some of the venues where poetry is shared on this day.

Here are some ways that you can participate:

  • Carry a favorite poem with you and share it. It may be in a book, on a card, bookmark or electronic device.
  • Surprise people with poetry. Hand it out, post it on a bulletin board, or leave it on a table in a waiting room or restaurant.
  • Share a poem on social media. If you tweet one, use the hashtag #pocketpoem.
  • Write a poem on your driveway in chalk.
  • Put a poem in the window.
  • Include a poem in your email.
You may search for poems at the Academy's website, or download a pocket-sized PDF.

In the Kansas City Metro area, the Johnson County (KS) Library posts a Poem a Day in April. These poems are printed on bookmarks for Poem in Your Pocket Day. You may pick one up at the Central Resource Library or The Writers Place. Maybe, if you are lucky, a friend will give you one on Thursday!

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