Have you mostly been sitting behind a screen this month, scrolling through poems in isolation and then moving on with your day? Do your friends not know you actually like poetry? Has one line of verse been haunting, confusing, or delighting you for weeks?
How about you invite others to share in that experience with you for a day?
Tomorrow, April 26, marks what I suppose could be called the climax of National Poetry Month: Poem In Your Pocket Day. The name itself is self-explanatory, so I won’t belabor the point. But I do want to encourage you to unleash a poem from a book–or a blog–and carry it into the world. Read it to a friend over lunch, startle your coworkers at a meeting, recite one to somebody before bed. Or if you’d rather share quietly, slip some verse into the pocket of a loved one, leave one at a cafe table, or print out dozens of poems, as I did years ago, and plaster them all over your dorm walls. Disrupt the ritual of their days with beautiful words.
And, if you are so inclined, please comment with the poem you decide to share. My pockets are ready to be filled.