NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY
During National Poetry Month in April, National Poem in Your Pocket Day shares the way poetry brings joy by simply carrying one in your pocket. When you share the poem, you’ll bring joy to others.
There are so many different styles of poetry. This day, however, places no restrictions on the rhyme, rhythm, syllables, or length. The goal is to share a poem. You may scribble it on a receipt or recite one while waiting in line. Add a poem to the back of an envelope on outgoing mail. Don’t be surprised if you discover a poem tucked into a book. You might even find one jotted down on the side of your coffee cop on the tag of your teabag.
Poems come in so many different sizes, they can be squeezed onto a square of the calendar or jotted on the side of a pencil. We’re sure they’ll bring surprise and joy no matter where you find them.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PoemInYourPocketDay or #PocketPoem
- Memorize a poem or two to share with the people you meet throughout the day.
- Write a poem and put it in your pocket.
- Give a shout-out to your favorite poet.
- Print off these bookmarks and write a poem on the back. Put them in your pocket and you’ll be ready to surprise someone with a poem and gift!
- It’s the perfect day to share your poem on Social Media using #PoemInYouPocketDay or #PocketPoem.
NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY HISTORY
The observance has been celebrated as part of National Poetry Month since 2002. The Office of the New York Mayor, along with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, initiated the annual city-wide Poem In Your Pocket Day. The Academy of American Poets took Poem In Your Pocket Day national in 2008.
Q. What is a poetry slam?
A. A poetry slam is a poetry writing and performance competition. Individuals and teams write poems and perform them before an audience. Performances can be emotional, humorous, and powerful and often leave a memorable impression on the performer and the audience.
Q. What types of poems tell a story?
A. A narrative poem tells a story. Notable narrative poets include William Shakespeare, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Browning, and John Keats.