Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Pocket full of Poetry....

"Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out and Read", Published in conjunction with The Academy of American Poets, Selected by Bruno Navasky. (an elementary and middle school teacher who has used many of these poems in workshops)


 Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 18, 2013.  Engage !!!

Visit for printable, pocket sized poems and other
and other fantastic poetry related ideas for your enjoyment!

How it works - Each year during April, which is the designated month to celebrate poetry, there is one day chosen to be very special.  It is entitled, Poem in Your Pocket Day.  This is the day to print off and stuff one poem or one hundred poems into your pocket. You can scatter these gems to your friends like poetry-wrapped seeds that will flutter and fly into their minds and hearts and enable them to grow a  rhyming garden to share with others.

APP (Academy of American Poets)  has a great website with tons of printable poems to slip and distribute about with other creative ideas related to the poetry theme.  If you are a one-stop-shopper the wonderful people at Amulet will serve you well.

"Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out and Read" is divided into ten sections, each title snatched from a poem, whether it is the first or last line.  "How Poetry Comes to Me, The Sweet Earth, Lets Play, Puppies of Hush, Where You Never Were, Little Fish, The Wild Cheese, There is Rain in Me, They Loved Paperclips and The Grandpa Knee make up the divisions.  Navasky has selected and arranged the poems so brilliantly, touching on topics that kids can really relate to.  The poems are filled with rich imagery and beauty.  I would recommend this book for kids ages 8 and up.  Go ahead and celebrate this day to keep poetry alive and well and living in your pocket ( then out of it).

Read on read always! 
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