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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Today is Poem In Your Pocket Day!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a project of the Academy of American Poets.

The perfect book for the day is Pocket Poems, selected by Bobbi Katz [JP 811 POC]. There are short, appealing poems by children's writers such as William Cole, Dee Lillegard, and Lilian Moore, as well as a few written by adult writers such as Emily Dickinson and Carl Sandburg.

Here's one by Nikki Giovanni:
the drum

daddy says the world is
a drum tight and hard
and i told him
i'm gonna beat
out my own rhythm

New York City celebrates the day and explains how poet John Waldman uses a poetry activity called "The Envelop Project" to get students involved in poetry. There's no reason why a group of adults couldn't do it, too! For directions, click here.

When you visit the library today, pick up a poem to put in your pocket or to share. It's a nice way to wind up National Poetry Month, don't you think?

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