April 25, 2009

Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 30

April 30 is the second national Poem In Your Pocket Day.

Just select a poem you love and carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 30.

Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.

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 10ideas from poets.org of how you might get involved:

  1. Start a "poems for pockets" give-a-way in your school or workplace
  2. Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  3. Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  4. Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards
  5. Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  6. Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  7. Add a poem to your email footer
  8. Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  9. Project a poem on a wall, inside or out
  10. Text a poem to friends

One Web 2.0 way to celebrate the day is with your cell phone. The entire collection of over 2,500 poems on Poets.org, as well as hundreds of biographies and essays, is also available in a mobile format which provides free and direct access to poetry in the palm of a hand.

To reach the mobile site, simply go to www.poets.org/m. (You can preview the mobile site from your computer too, but it will look a bit odd. )

Designed using Web 2.0 Internet Standards and Apple's Developers Guidelines, the site is optimized for the iPhone, and formatted for effortless access on most mobile devices. Now, for the first time, mobile users have unlimited access to the rich resources of Poets.org.

If you are in the NYC area, you can join an evening of poetry readings from the new Poem in Your Pocket Anthology. It will be Thursday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (at 12th Street) in NYC.

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