April is National Poetry Month and in celebration, I would like to encourage all of you to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day. On April 26, carry a poem in your pocket. Pull it out and read it to friends and family. Or if you're more enthusiastic, print out several copies and give them to friends, family, or strangers on the street!
You can find out more about the celebration and find poems here:
Poem in Your Pocket Day
When I worked in the school library, I would print out copies of short poems on small, index card-sized paper and offer them to students at check-out during the entire week of Poem in Your Pocket Day. They loved it! They would use them for bookmarks, too. Each year, I chose a different genre of poetry; traditional, nursery rhymes, limericks. I had a lot of fun with the project and it made my heart glad to see students reading and enjoying poetry.
Here is the poem I will be carrying around on April 26:
I chose it because it's short enough to memorize and it has a macabre theme.
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Lastly, I will leave you with a poem I wrote in high school that I recently unearthed. I think I was attempting to follow a specific traditional form of some sort after finishing a unit on Shakespeare (perhaps?) in Senior English. I'm not sure I succeeded.
Anyway, please enjoy this cringe-worthy masterpiece:
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