February 24, 2008KR BlogUncategorized

Is That a Poem in Your Pocket or are You Just Happy to See Me?

April 17th is just under two months away, which means you still have time to choose your poem for the Academy of American Poets “Poem in the Pocket” Day. If you need some help choosing a poem, jump to their site, where some good pocket-sized poems have been collected. Here’s a little history of the project:

“Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002. Each year, city parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues burst with open readings of poems from pockets. Even the Mayor gets in on the festivities, reading a poem on the radio. For more information on New York City’s celebration, visit nyc.gov/poem.”

Don’t fret if you are stuck in Ohio (like me) or elsewhere–you are not excluded from the fun because you don’t live in NY! Organize your own events where you are (or will be). Volunteer your poem that day. Get your friends involved. Ask your bookstore to give a discount if people can produce a poem that they are carrying for the day. Pass out poems on your way to work/class/grocery shopping/rushing your taxes to your post office/band practice, etc.

I couldn’t resist some suggestions:

The particularly savvy may opt to purchase the 50th anniversary edition of James Wright’s The Branch Will Not Break from Wesleyan Press, all of which will fit in your pocket. Cut in miniature at roughly 2 inches by 3 inches, the whole book is reprinted in this appealingly transportable size.


(image linked to purchasing page)

Additionally, the savvy may also venture over to Tuesday; An Art Project, a beautiful take on the more conventional journal format. Conceived as a complement to the growing proliferation of the web-based publishing of poetry, Tuesday is intended as a tactile experience. Wrapped in a beautiful heavy stock folder/envelope, the included poems are paired with a photograph and formatted to postcard, 5×7″ size. Purchase the latest, and you’ll have a fistful of poems to pass out on April 17th (as well as you’re own aesthetic experience opening the packet for the first time–I promise it is well worth it.)

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