Do You Have a Poem in Your Pocket?

April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration: has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!

Go to your library and find a book! Poetry is generally kept in the 811s in the Dewey Decimal system (look for j811 for kid's poetry and Y811 for teen poetry). Your local library may even have a National Poetry Month display for you to look at! The whole family can get involved!

The Literature Resource Center Database (available through with your Denver Public Library card) has not only poems, but information about poets and poetry criticism, if you want to delve more into the world of poetry!

You can even share your pocket poem on Twitter with the hashtag #pocketpoem.

The Schlessman Family Branch Library currently has a Take a Poem for Your Pocket display, with not only books of poetry to look at, but staff favorite poems formatted to fit into your pocket. Come take one, take two, or take a poem for each pocket that you have! Some of the Schlessman selections include:

The Tiger by William Blake

Walking in the Woods by Grace Paley

Poem of the One World by Mary Oliver

Furry Bear by A.A. Milne

The Dreamkeeper by Langston Hughes

The Duck by Ogden Nash

Hug O' War by Shel Silverstein

To Be of Use by Marge Piercy

Amidst our sometimes chaotic days, a poem in your pocket may be just the break that you need! Share poetry with someone today!

Written by Becker on April 17, 2013

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