i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it
by e.e. cummings
The concept is very simple: select a poem you love and carry it with you on April 14, 2011. The goals of PIYP day are to showcase the talented faculty and student poets in higher education and the K-12 system, and to encourage New Yorkers (and people everywhere) to embrace literacy and poetry. Share the words you love with co-workers, family, friends, and even strangers on the subway!
Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002, and nationwide since 2008. Each year, parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues explode with open readings of poems from pockets. Even the New York City Mayor gets in on the festivities, reading a poem on the radio. For more information on the celebration, visit nyc.gov/poem.
Click here to download and print poems to share with others or to browse other poems for your pocket.
Each year, I try and carry a different poem with me, but I might revert to my core favorite: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. Not the whole poem, of course, because my pockets are small and the poem is enormous! But you get the idea. I like to share words that move me personally yet still are likely to strike a chord with someone else at the same time.
*Are you going to play along and carry a poem in your pocket next Thursday? If so, tell us what poem you’re planning to put in your pocket!*