Every single soul is a poem.
Michael Franti (b. 21 april 1967) musician & bard
today is wall wednesday and tomorrow is poem in your pocket day!
i've known that april is national poetry month for years, but until i heard this story on npr i never knew about poem in your pocket day -- even though it has been going on for years!
poem in your pocket day is a moveable feast - this year it occurs on april 26th. poem in your pocket day (piyp) began in nyc in 2002 as part of the city's celebration of national poetry month. the idea of piyp started to spread and in 2009 the academy of american poets deemed that it was such a bonne idée they deemed the day as a national day of celebration and made it an established part of national poetry month!
observing piyp is simple....the basic idea is to select a poem that you love and carry it in your pocket, share the poem with whoever - friends, family, strangers or whatever - mice, cats, or twittering birds - you wish in the course of the day.
speaking of twittering birds, according to poets.org, for people who tweet, there's even a way to share your poem on twitter. i don't tweet, but i thought there was a character limit for tweets - if that is still the case than i guess your pocket poem has got to be short and sweet in order to tweet!
as for what poem i'll be carrying in my pocket tomorrow; i'm thinking of lewis carroll's
there are a many vids on youtube for poem in your pocket day - however, this one from 2009 is my favorite.
photo: cleveland ohio, april 2012