National Poetry Month is winding down, but there will be time yet to share your favorite poems with family, friends and strangers on the bus. The Academy of American Poets designates April 26 as Poem in Your Pocket Day.
There’s not much to it: print out a poem and go. Yesterday’s Morning Edition reported on what some poetry lovers are doing to share their favorite poems. On Twitter, Louisville poetry fans are using #poempocketlou to share their pocket poems.
There’s an anthology of removable pocket-sized poems available, but for last-minute poetry lovers, the Academy offers a wide selection of beloved poems that are easy to print, cut in half for sharing, and fit inside a pocket.
If all you can fit in your pocket is a phone, you can still keep a poem in your pocket with the Academy of American Poets mobile site, containing the online library of more than 2,500 poems.
More for National Poetry Month:
- Listen to an all-star cast of poets and artists (including Billy Collins, Paul Simon, Zadie Smith) read in a tribute to Philip Larkin (the Poetry Society of America)
- Watch poet Bob Hickock read “Calling Him Back from Lay Off” in the Poetry Foundation’s “Poetry Everywhere” video series
- Watch the punk rock book trailer for poet and musician Matt Hart’s new collection, Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless, from Louisville’s Typecast Publishing (Hart’s band Travel recorded an album based on the poems, too)
- Check out the Periodic Table of Poetic Elements (“Limericium (lm): locker-room poetry”) from Louisville poet Jeffrey Skinner’s new book “The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: a Self-Help Memoir” from Louisville’s Sarabande Books