April is National Poetry Month and there’s an inspiring event that’s on the way: National Poem in Your Pocket Day. This year, it’s on April 27. Here’s a heads up, so you’ll have plenty of time to think about and choose a poem.
On April 27, people across the country will express their love of poetry by selecting a favorite poem, carrying it with them, and “sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets.”
National Poem in Your Pocket Day: What a fantastic idea! I’m going to muse a while on which poem I’d like to carry in my pocket, so I can add my voice to this joyful noise.
Need inspiration, here’s a tip: KWD reader Martha Moffett (https://marthaspencil.com/) alerted me to a great source: The Knopf website offers a “Poem a Day” program for every day of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. Sign up and you’ll receive a poem for the rest of April. I’m on the list and it’s lots of fun. There’s also a “Poetry Breakfast” daily poem site you can sign up for which Ron Bremner, KWD reader and wonderful poet, alerted me to.
As a poetry lover, I can’t think of anything more wonderful to carry in my pocket than a poem. I carry a few in my heart that I memorized when I was a kid and often recite them to myself. How about you? Do you have a favorite poem to tuck in your pocket?
Here’s a lovely one that just appeared today on “Poetry Breakfast” to brighten our day:
by Tom Montag
The sudden birds
then the light
and the distant
line of horizon,
of the world.
The air is keen
I hold this,
I hold all this,
For more on the Academy of American Poets and National Poetry Month, visit: poets.org. And write on!