Poem In Your Pocket
April 18, 2011
The month of April brings spring showers, opening day of baseball season, Easter, Earth Day, tax day, Record Store Day, and National Poetry Month.
While I greatly enjoy several of these events, I have a special fondness for Poem in Your Pocket. As a way of celebrating National Poetry Month, Poets.org promotes keeping a favorite poem with you at all times. It began in New York City in 2002, and it keeps getting bigger! Even the NYC Mayor gets in on the action and pens an original work every year.
In our technology savvy world, it doesn't even need to be on a piece of paper OR in your pocket. It could be in a text message, or an audio version on your mp3 player. It could be on a bookmark, or in an email. It could be on your blog or Facebook. It could even be stenciled in chalk on the sidewalk outside your school, written on the binder of a best friend, scrawled in lipstick on your bathroom mirror (hopefully you ask first), carefully drawn on the inside of your arm, cut out letters from a magazine, scribbled on the back of a business card or a library receipt, sewn onto the leg of your favorite jeans, or hidden in the artwork hanging on your locker.
Don't pull that "I hate poetry" line with me. I know you like music! What is more poetic than a well-crafted rap lyric, or a soulful sultry ballad? For those of you still shaking your head, maybe you prefer to write your own, and that's even better. Expressing yourself and sharing it with others is the spirit of the event.
There are all kinds of poetry out there. You probably remember reading Shel Silverstein as a kid, so you know about funny and silly poetry. How about romantic? Try Percy Bysshe Shelley or Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Want something really dark? Edgar Allen Poe is always a good bet. Maybe, you want something full of hope and happiness? I find Robert Frost to be uplifting. For love sonnets, Shakespeare really holds the title. Don't forget about other kinds of poetry as well. Haiku poetry, originating in Japan, is famous for its nature imagery. Emily Dickinson has poems for just about every topic. What's my favorite poem? "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson.
There are Poem in Your Pocket events all over the country. Maybe, you could start one in your community! To register your event, visit Poets.org.
For inspiration and education, check out some of MCPL's poetry:
Abbey L.Tags: poetry, poems