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Fun Holiday – Poem in Your Pocket Day

On April 24 carry your favorite poem in your pocket and share it with friends, family, co-workers and strangers, because it is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Man putting a card in his suit pocket.
Man putting a card in his suit pocket.
Tuck a copy of your favorite poem in your pocket.
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The unofficial holiday was started in New York City in 2003, by a partnership between the Office of the Mayor and the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education.

Inspired by Poetry

The holiday, also called National Poem in Your Pocket Day in the US, was made into a nationwide event in 2008 by the Academy of American Poets. The day encourages participants to read, share and be inspired by poetry.

The month of April is celebrated as National Poetry Month in the United States.

Worldwide Celebration

Today, the holiday is celebrated around the world, with participants carrying their favorite poems in their pockets or they favorite books of poetry with them. The holiday encourages people - young and old to write their own poetry, read the poems of others and use poetry as a way to express themselves.

How to Celebrate?

  • Write out your favorite poem and keep it in your pocket so that you can share it with others.
  • Participate in local poetry readings and events to commemorate the day.
  • What about writing your own bit of poetry and sharing it with others?
  • If you have children, why not write out a small poem and put it in their lunch box as a surprise treat?

Did You Know...

...that prosody is the study of the different components of a poem?

Poem in Your Pocket Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Poem in Your Pocket Day Observances
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