“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. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.”—Poets.org
Tomorrow, April 26th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018, and a fun way to get a little more poetry in your life. The holiday, part of National Poetry Month, was established in 1992 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City. Neighborhoods across the United States and Canada will be taking part in the celebration, and pocket-sized poems will be distributed to hospitals, museums, libraries, nursing homes, and businesses, as well as to community members who are out and about.
What can you do for Poem in Your Pocket Day? For starters, pick out a poem that means something to you, it could be a new poem or one of your old favorites. Write it on a piece of notepaper, print it out from an online source, or copy it from a book, (or write your own!), and then fold it up and put it in your pocket, sharing it with others throughout the day. You could also spread the love of a poem another way. Share a poem on social media, send one in a letter, tack one to your front door, or hide one for someone else to find—there are plenty of ways other than pockets to spread the love.