I LOVE Poem in Your Pocket Day! * Thursday April 26th!

I LOVE Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Thanks again to


Thursday, April 26, 2012!

It will be here soon!

Be Ready!

How will you celebrate?

Peace, Jen


One year we were traveling out of the country on Poem in Your Pocket Day.

My family and I were able to leave Poems in 4 airports  in many cities and 2 countries! Woo Hoo!

THAT was some Spreading of Poem Love!

Can I beat that this year???

Here in Town??

Yes. I can.

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day onThursday, April 26, 2012!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with

co-workers, family, and friends. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

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 using ideas below or let us know how your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem In Your Pocket Day by emailingnpm@poets.org.

Put Poems In Pockets
In this age of mechanical and digital reproduction, it’s easy to carry a poem, share a poem, or start your own PIYP day event. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:
  • Start a “poems for pockets” give-a-way 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 poems 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 us expand the list: send your ideas tonpm@poets.org.Poem In Your Pocket History Every year, in the month of April, National Poetry Month is celebrated throughout the United States and in various countries worldwide. In 2002, the City of New York created Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP) as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2009, the Academy of American Poets took PIYP Day national, allowing individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard. Each year on PIYP Day, schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets.

Highlights from past Poem In Your Pocket Day events.

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. Have a story about the marriage of the poem and the pocket? Send them tonpm@poets.org.

~ by Step On a Crack on April 24, 2012.

11 Responses to “I LOVE Poem in Your Pocket Day! * Thursday April 26th!”

  1. This is a great post, full of ideas–I’ll have to ponder it, see what I can come up with. Thanks, Jen–God bless you.


    • Caddo, I hope you have fun with it! It is SO much fun and a great way to share poetry. I always choose short-ish easily accessible poetry. We can snare a few new Poetry Lovers!

      Peace, Jen


  2. I hope i pick something beautiful, but i’m tempted to carry around something crazy. Hmmm, there’s a thought. Peace, Mel

    My horns are showing.


  3. Jen–great ideas. Go, girl!


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  5. Thanks so much for the reminder, I had set a reminder in Outlook, whoohoo! Getting ready to play on poem in your pocket day. 🙂


  6. Jen, you’re a poet, but then again, we all know it! 🙂


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  8. Reblogged this on The Fight of My Life: Living with TBI and commented:
    Many thanks to Jen for bringing this fun day to my world. Here is the poem I’ve chosen: http://www.theguyintheglass.com/gig.htm I dedicate it to Ray Hunt’s honor, at the end of horse clinics he would recite this. RIP Ray…you are so dearly missed.


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