+ It’s Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day Again — April 30, 2009

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April is National Poetry Month.

And it’s time once again for “Poem in Your Pocket Day” — April 30, 2009.

The idea is simple: select a poem you love.  Then carry it with you to share with co-workers, friends and family on Poem-in Your-Pocket Day.

Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.

Create your own Poem in Your Pocket Day event.  Ideas follow:

  • Start a “Poems for Pockets” give-away in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards
  • Start a street team to pass out posems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  • Project a poem on a wall, inside or out
  • Text a poem to friends
  • Help expand this list by sending your ideas to npm@poets.org

The History

Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002.  Each year, city parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues burst with open readings of poems from pockets. 

Even the Mayor gets in on the festivities, reading a poem on the radio.  For more information on New York City’s celebration, visit www.nyc.gov/poem.

Throughout history, poems have been stowed in pockets in a variety of ways, from the commonplace books of the Renaissance to the pocket-sized publications for Army soldiers in World War II.

Do you have a story about the marriage of a poem and a pocket?  Send them to npm@poets.org.

Mobile Poetry Archive

The Academy of American Poets has announced the launch of a mobile poetry archive which brings the entire collection of more than 2500 poems, as well as poet biographies and historical essays, into the palm of your hand.

To pull poetry from your pocket every day of the year, simply go to www.poets.org/m on any mobile device.

Along with your library, bookstore or shelf at home, you can find the perfect poem for your pocket by browsing www.poets.org.  You can also sign up to receive a poem (from the new spring poetry titles) each day in April!

source: Academy of American Poets, at www.poets.org.

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