Poem in Your Pocket Day Comes to Payson

Guest Post by Shea McCollum, Library Marketing Assistant.

This Thursday April 18th, as a part of National Poetry Month, Payson Library will be celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day with a special display.

Promotion photo from Poem in Your Pocket Day from World Literature Today
Promotion photo from Poem in Your Pocket Day from World Literature Today

Poem in Your Pocket Day was founded in April of 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, asking individuals around the country to participate. On this day, people are encouraged to select a poem and carry it with them in their pocket to share with others in person and over social media with the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Photo of the National Poem in Your Pocket Display Display
National Poem in Your Pocket Display Display at Payson

To celebrate, Payson Library will have a jar on display at the circulation desk where students can select their own pocket sized poems that they can carry with them throughout the day and share with others. Poems range from beautiful celebrations of the season, like Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Spring, to humorous notes on stolen plums, such as William Carlos Williams’s this is just to say. Be sure to stop by the library this Thursday to participate in this fun, seasonal event!


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Poem in Your Pocket Day Comes to Payson