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17 April 2008

Put a poem in your pocket

Pocket_logo Get out! It's "Poem in Your Pocket Day" today. Who knew?

My friend and hula hooper extraordinaire, Mary, just emailed to tell me. So, depending on where you live, you might still have a few hours of "Poem in Your Pocket Day" left--get a poem in that pocket post haste! The idea is to share poetry.

As their website says, "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 on April 17. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores."

More info is here. I love their suggestions for spreading the word--we'll have to do it next year, eh?

  • 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 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

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Little did I know I was participating in "Poem in Your Pocket" (or, at least, poem in someone else's inbox as a direct result of the Send button).

Certainly, were it not for Billy Collins and his unrepentant devotee who shall not be named here, I would not be nearly as fond of poetry, some of it, as I am today.

Thanks, Patti!

my kids had a poetry slam at school ... i only kinda know what that is .. but they came home all pumped about poetry!

I'm doing it tomorrow. Screw convention.

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