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Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.  –Academy of American Poets

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27!


Still looking for a poem for your pocket? Try this one – with a title perfect for this day!

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day!

pocketShare a poem with everyone you meet on Poem in Your Pocket Day! As part of New York City’s celebration of National Poetry Month, residents have participated in Poem in Your Pocket Day since 2002. The movement went national in 2008. Here are some ways to have fun on this special day during National Poetry Month, suggested by the Academy of American Poets and augmented by resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org.

  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places. Use the aptly named poem, “Keep a Pocket in Your Poem“.
  • Memorize a poem. The lesson plan “Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance” invites students engage in a variety of vocal activities and performance techniques based on word sounds.
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite lines of poetry. Students can also write new poetry to include, like a catalog poem.
  • Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr. In this lesson, students turn their original poetry into digital form using Animoto and share it with other classes or even with published poets during a Google+ Hangout or Skype session.
  • Send a poem to a friend. Everyone loves getting a greeting card, especially if it’s homemade. Make a funny or thoughtful greeting card or invitation with pictures and a poem, joke, or riddle in this activity.

Poetry is best when shared, and Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to share!

Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day!

calendar_20720_poem-pocket_160w It’s time to find your favorite poem and tell everyone why you love it. Thursday April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. The celebration is simple: all you have to do is choose a poem or compose your own original work and carry it in your pocket all day, sharing the poem and the fun of National Poetry Month wherever you go.

If students want to write their own poetry, try our list of 30 Poems You Can Write for National Poetry Month. Visit the ReadWriteThink.org calendar entry on Poem in Your Pocket Day for additional resources. And if you want even more to choose from, the National Council of Teachers of English has a page full of books, lesson plans, and other great ideas!