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Poem in Your Pocket Day: April 18

Carry your favorite words with you
Monica Riese, 2:22pm, Wed. Apr. 17, 2013
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We'd find it hard to believe if you said you were having a difficult time celebrating National Poetry Month.

You really have no excuses, what with all the literary events going on around town recently, but just in case, here's an easy way to play along.

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 18) is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and it's as easy to participate in as it sounds. Simply pick your favorite poem – doesn't matter if it's Shakespeare or Thoreau or Egerton or Young or Silverstein or whoever else – and slip a printed (or handwritten!) copy in your pocket on Thursday morning. What you do with it after that is sort of up to you: Pull it out for a reassuring read on your morning commute? Read it aloud to a friend at lunch? Leave the copy on a bench in the park for someone else to read and enjoy? Your call.

If you're having trouble picking one, the Academy of American Poets can help you get started with its simple PDFs, categorized by theme and including such favorites as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, William Carlos Williams, and more.

Read on, friends.

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