First of all … I learned yesterday that I share a birthday with … SHEL SILVERSTEIN (who unfortunately is no longer alive – but we are still birthday twins born only 42 year apart)

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Shel Silverstein – my birthday twin – NOT wearing socks … enough said

Second … Did you know in Canada we have our very own …. League of Canadian Poets?  I feel very safe knowing we are protected by such an organization …

Nerds with various job of lesser importance by day and

SuperNerdy poet types … ALL  … of … the time. YAH!

Third … and the point of this post – I want to let you know about:

Poem in Your Pocket Day:  April 27th, 2017

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Poem in Your Pocket Day is an annual initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate National Poetry Month. The League is very excited to be have joined this initiative for the first time in 2016, adding some of our favourite Canadian poems and poets to the mix! Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017 will be held on Thursday, April 27.

(photo and blurb borrowed from the League of Canadian Poet’s Website)

I am telling you this now because … I want you to have time to prepare for Poem in your Pocket Day … because I will not accept excuses such as

…  “Oh, but Krina, I didn’t know.” or “ Oh, but Krina, I didn’t have time.”

Nope … that will not cut the mustard with me – so listen up and get busy.

You need to prepare for “Poem in Your Pocket Day” … please.

(It always works when you say, “Please.” … right?)

Task #4 

 READ SOME POETRY and prepare to share it on “Poem in Your Pocket Day” April 27th.

Step one:  Start reading/listening to poetry

I am confident that many of you had to read poetry in school at one time or another – maybe you loved it – maybe you didn’t. Maybe you weren’t the poetry geek who jumped for glee when Dead Poet’s Society came out in theatres (I mean if you were that …old … like me.)  Regardless of your experience with poetry up to today – I am fairly confident there are poems and poets in the world (past, present, future) whom you might discover to be … understandable if not enjoyable.

Where to start:

For the very busy:  I recommend subscribing to a Poem-a-day either from The Poetry Foundation   or  Academy of American Poets (look way down at the bottom of the pages for a little tick box).  Then the poems appear in your email and away you go – you can wake up in the morning and eat poetry for breakfast :).

For the busy but have a little time to go on-line:

Again the Poetry Foundation is a great site with heaps of poems to read.  I recommend finding a poet you like and reading through some of their poems – slowly – poems are not popcorn. Try just one or two at a time – and if you are especially brave (which I am not most of the time) read them out loud to “hear” the poem as it is designed to be heard.

The Literary Maven:  30 poems to read to Middle and High Schoolers  a very nice selection of poems.  Remember slowly – read them a few times – see which ones appeal to you.

The Poetry Archive and (our favourite) the Children’s Poetry Archive – here you find poems to read but also you have the option of hearing the poet read them which is very helpful if you are timid (like me) and are not brave enough to burst out some poetry spur of the moment.  Also this is a British poetry site so the accents are awesome.

Oh I almost forgot – especially for Poem in your Pocket day – the Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian Poets have created a PDF of poetry by their members. It includes ideas on how to share your poems on the day as well.  Poem in your Pocket Day Resource package.

If you love physical books but don’t have any poetry – you have the choice of buying or borrowing.  The library is a great place for books … or so I hear 😉  But if you would like your own but don’t know where to start – I suggest going to a local thrift shop – because you can find some great (cheap) anthologies there.  It is funny how many “used” university textbooks end up in thrift stores.

For some kid friendly (or kid at heart friendly)  sources check out my blog post: Poetry Resources worth exploring with Kids

There are many, many, many more online sites with poetry – if you have a favourite poet – it is likely there are multiple websites devoted to said poet.  Look and you shall find.

Step Two:  Decide how to participate in Poem in your Pocket Day – April 27th (just in case you forgot)

The ideas are endless.  But here are some resources to help out 🙂

Ways to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day (courtesy of our League of Canadian Poets)

It’s easy to carry a poem, share a poem, or start your own Poem in Your Pocket Day event. Visit the Academy’s website for a full history of the program and other materials. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Start a “poems for pockets” giveaway in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Memorize a poem
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite lines of poetry
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr
  • Send a poem to a friend

Awesome free printable from none other than Martha Stewart Inc. 

Write Shop: Poem in your Pocket day ideas and freebies

Teachers-Pay Teachers:  Search for Poem in your Pocket and be overwhelmed with free printable poems for sharing.  One example here:  More than a Worksheet

How Krina is participating in Poem in your Pocket Day

If you have read this whole long list of links and you are still awake and paying attention – you deserve a gift. So here is what I propose – you send me your address (your physical at home one) which I promise I will not sell … because that is not a poetical thing to do.  I, in return, will send you a handwritten poetry card  – which may or may not be covered in watercolour splotches …  I can’t promise beautiful but I can promise it will be made with love and imperfection. It might help if you tell me what kind of poem you would like  – something hopeful, something funny, something strange … but it will have to be short … because the cards are only ‘yay’ big … you know … pocket sized.

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Offer expired May 1, 2017

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