Thursday, April 17, 2008

What's in Your Pocket?

Celebrate the first national Poem In Your Pocket Day!

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 are being unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.

Too late to celebrate today? You can hold your own Poem In Your Pocket Day! Here is a copy and paste of ideas from the website.

Create your own Poem In Your Pocket Day event using ideas below:

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
  • Hand write 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
  • Beginning April 1, began sending one new poem to subscribers' inboxes each day to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poems have been selected from new books published this spring. Visit their Spring Books List for a complete guide to this year's best poetry titles.

    What if you miss a day? Visit the 2008 Poem-A-Day Archive


    NPR Houston

    By Sun and Candlelight

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