The Academy of American Poets, which launched National Poetry Month in 1996, took Poem in Your Pocket Day to all fifty United States in 2008, encouraging individuals across the country to join in and “channel their inner bard.” Poem in Your Pocket Day is celebrated on April 26. There are many creative ways to share poems on this day of poetry.
In Your School
Post pocket-sized verses around your school. Use the aptly named poem, “Keep a Pocket in Your Poem.”
In Your Classroom
“Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns through Performance” invites students engage in a variety of vocal activities and performance techniques based on word sounds.
In Your Community
Distribute bookmarks with your favorite lines of poetry. Students can also write new poetry to include, like a catalog poem.
On Social Media
Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr. In this lesson, students turn their original poetry into digital form using Animoto and share it with other classes or even with published poets during a Google+ Hangout, Skype, or Facetime session.
Poetry is best when shared, and Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to share!