April is National Poetry Month
March 25, 2011
You can celebrate National Poetry Month by participating in "Poem In Your Pocket Day" on Thursday, April 14, 2011. "Poem in Your Pocket Day" started in New York City in 2002. Each year, city parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues share poems from poet’s pockets.
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. You can give a poem away to your school friends, workplace co-workers, or customers. How about handwriting some lines on the back of your business cards or distributing bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines. Other ideas include: adding a poem to your email footer, posting a poem on your blog or social networking page, or texting a poem to friends.
You can find the perfect poem at your library by browsing the poetry section of the library. Some really good poetry books can be found in the 811 Dewey Number section in the library.
Here are some of my favorite poets:
From The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson,
Talk not to me of Summer Trees
The foliage of the mind
A Tabernacle is for Birds
Of no Corporeal kind
And winds do go that way at noon
To their Ethereal Homes
Whose Bugles call the least of us
To undepicted Realms.
From Nine Horses: Poems ("The Parade") by Billy Collins,
……So I should not have to remind you
That little time is given here to rest on a wayside bench,
To stop and bend to the wildflowers,
Or to study a bird on a branch------
From Hard Times Require Furious Dancing ("I Know My Duty to Life") by Alice Walker,
Children’s poems are also delightful:
From It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles (“A Bicycle Spoke”) by Jack Prelutsky,
A bicycle spoke,
And a clock stopped to hear.
The tulip blew kisses,
The rose shed a tear.
A package was rapt,
Though the shoes weren’t swayed,
The cashews went crazy,
A knot was afraid………………..
From A Light in the Attic (“Put Something in”) by Shel Silverstein,
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.
Or, you can write your own poem. Try it, you might surprise yourself!
There are websites that can assist you in finding a poem:
- Poets.org - You can download pocket-sized Poem PDFs to print and share. Click a pocket to download and print poems to share with others. You can also subscribe to Poem-A-Day and have a poem sent to your email each day (free).
- PoetryFoundation.org - Poems for all occasion and articles from Poetry Magazine. Also includes children’s poetry.
Giving a poem to someone can be a fun way to share a little wisdom, a little love, and a little joy in your day-to-day experiences. April is a good month to begin.