April 30, 2009

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day

Academy of American Poets

April 30, 2009

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Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day

Join celebrants across the country by carrying a poem in your pocket today. Share your favorite lines of verse with friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers. Need a poem? Download and print a selection of pocket-sized poems from Poets.org, or share your pick from our Poem-A-Day emails. You can also read your favorite poetry lines on your mobile device by visiting www.poets.org/m, or find events near you by visiting the National Poetry Map on Poets.org.

Among the many Poem in Your Pocket Day celebrations across the country, highlights include:

Flagstaff, AZ
Bookmans: Show a poem to the cashier to receive a discount on your purchase.

Waterbury, CT
Pick a Poem From Your Pocket
Naugatuck Valley Community College

Hammond, IN:
Hammond Public Library's Main Library
Poems will be handed out throughout the day, and the library staff will read their favorite poems at 10 a.m.

Lawrence, KS
Favorite Poem Reading
4 p.m.
Watson Library

South Hadley, MA
Poem in Your Pocket Day at Mount Holyoke College

Asheville, NC
Asheville Wordfest
April 30, 2009, 2 p.m. to May 3, 2009
Various locations

Carrboro, NC
Poem in Your Pocket Day at the Carrboro Cybrary
9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
100 N. Greensboro Street

Hillsdale, NJ
Hillsdale Poem in Your Pocket Day
Pascack Valley High School

Barnegat, NJ
Poem in Your Pocket Day Reading
6:30 p.m.
Barnegat Library, 112 Burr Street

Alexandria, VA
Poetry readings in Market Square at 12 p.m., and a poetry
and music celebration at the Alexandria Athenaeum at 7 p.m.

Rhode Island: Poem in Your Pocket Orgami Books
Pick up an "Itty Bitty Poem" at various locations in S. County, including Java Madness and the Courthouse Center for the Arts, and also at public libraries in: Narragansett, N. Kingstown, Peace Dale (South Kingstown), and Charlestown.

Tell us how you celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day by emailing photos, event highlights, or ideas to npm@poets.org.

About National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. To learn more, please visit: www.poets.org/npm

About Poem in Your Pocket Day Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002. Each year, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs coordinates with city parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues to encourage people to carry a poem in their pocket. Even the Mayor gets in on the festivities, reading a poem on the radio. For more information on New York City's celebration, visit nyc.gov/poem.

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Poem-A-Day: Katy Lederer, That Everything's Inevitable

Academy of American Poets

April 30, 2009

Today's poem is from The Heaven-Sent Leaf, published by BOA Editions. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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That Everything's Inevitable
by Katy Lederer

That everything's inevitable.
That fate is whatever has already happened.
The brain, which is as elemental, as sane, as the rest of the processing universe is.
In this world, I am the surest thing.
Scrunched-up arms, folded legs, lovely destitute eyes.
Please insert your spare coins.
I am filling them up.
Please insert your spare vision, your vigor, your vim.
But yet, I am a vatic one.
As vatic as the Vatican.
In the temper and the tantrum, in the well-kept arboretum
I am waiting, like an animal,
For poetry.




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