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Poem in Your Pocket Day, National Poetry Month celebration

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April 23, 2014 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Each year one day during National Poetry Month is set aside for Poem in Your Pocket Day. This Thursday, write down a favorite poem on a piece of paper, and carry it around with you all day to share with friends and colleagues. Print out a number of copies of your favorite poem or a few lines of poetry on your business card, and hand them out to everyone you meet. Compose an original poem of your own, and share with those you meet throughout the day.

Visit the Academy of American Poets website, and learn some of the ways you can participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day. If you are an educator, there are some excellent ideas for you to use in with your students. Here are just some of the ideas you might enjoy doing:

Poem in Your Pocket Day began in 2002 in New York City, and has now spread to cities and towns throughout the country. Visit the Poetry Archive to find poems that you might like to use.

Enjoy some of the ways that you can participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day during this year's National Poetry Week.

Activities for Poem in Your Pocket Day
Activities for Poem in Your Pocket Day Catherine Al-Meten

Activities for Poem in Your Pocket Day

  • Have a Poems for Pockets give away at your school or place of business;


  • Handwrite some favorite lines from poems on your business cards, and hand them out;


  • Make bookmarks with short haikus or poems, and give them out to those you meet;
More ways to participate
More ways to participate Catherine Al-Meten

More ways to participate

  • Post poems on Twitter, #poem in your pocket;


  • Add a poem in your email footer;


  • Share a favorite poem on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+);
Poem in Your Pocket Resources and Activities
Poem in Your Pocket Resources and Activities Catherine Al-Meten

Poem in Your Pocket Resources and Activities

  • Text poems to friends and family;


  • Get some postcards, write a poem on each card, and mail to friends;


  • Get together with friends and organize a poetry give away at the park, local businesses, in your building or on your block.


  • Project a poem on a wall inside or out, on display for all who walk by.


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