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ReadWriteThink Classroom Activity
Help your students celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Search the National Poetry Calendar or submit events near you:


Blankets of Bark
by Sherwin Bitsui

by Hart Crane

by Mark Doty

At the Playground, Singing for Psychiatric Outpatients
by Peter Everwine

At the Public Market Museum: Charleston, South Carolina
by Jane Kenyon

by Howard Nemerov

A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes (an excerpt)
by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon


Can I have permission to use a poem or article from
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Poem in Your Pocket Day Print

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Save the date: Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014 will be held on Thursday, April 24.

On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.

You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poems from pockets are unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem in Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or share your creative ideas with us by emailing

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Need a Poem for Your Pocket?

Along with your library, bookstore, or shelf at home, you can find the perfect poem for your pocket by browsing, or by signing up to receive a poem each day by email.

Download pocket-sized Poem PDFs to print and share:

Put Poems In Pockets

In this age of mechanical and digital reproduction, it's easy to carry a poem, share a poem, or start your own PIYP day event. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Start a "poems for pockets" give-a-way in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  • Project a poem on a wall, inside or out
  • Text a poem to friends
  • Help us expand the list: send your ideas to

    Poem in Your Pocket History

    In 2002, the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, initiated Poem in Your Pocket Day as part of the city's National Poetry Month celebration.

    In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard. Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets.

    Highlights from past Poem in Your Pocket Day events.

    Throughout history, poems have been stowed in pockets in a variety of ways, from the commonplace books of the Renaissance to the pocket-sized publications for Army soldiers in World War II. Have a story about the marriage of the poem and the pocket? Send them to

    Pocket Participants

    Each year on national Poem in Your Pocket Day, the town of Charlottesville, Virginia unites in a day-long celebration of poetry. Over 7,000 scrolls are distributed. Find out more >

    Second graders at Falcon Heights Elementary School in Minnesota made hanging pockets out of cast-off jean pockets. They filled them with poems and delivered them throughout the school. Recipients were invited to fill them with favorite poems of their own and send them back to the students.

    Poem in Your Pocket anthologies

    For Kids: Poem In Your Pocket for Young Poets

    More than a pocketful of poetry, the original Poem in Your Pocket anthology features 200 tear-and-share pages of poetry. Flip to the "Love & Rockets" section and surprise your sweetheart with a poem. Feeling nostalgic or wistful? Take a poem from the selection in "Friends & Ghosts" or "Sonic Youth." Whether you're a fan of Shakespeare or Sexton, O'Hara or Dickinson, this anthology has a poem for everyone.

    Pocket Partners

    Poem in Your Pocket Day is made possible, in part, by the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Booksellers Association, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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