by Adam Schneck, sophomore writing coach
April is national poetry month, and on April 27, schools and workplaces around the country celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day, a day for carrying poems and sharing them with friends!
Poem in Your Pocket Day originated in 2002 in New York City, but since 2008, people from all 50 states have joined in with the fun tradition, spending the day sharing pieces of writing with others. The best part is that there are no rules when it comes to the poem you choose. As long as it stays appropriate for the setting you are in, sharing a sentimental poem, a funny poem, or whatever type of poem you want to share, is up to you. Although this national holiday isn’t something that everyone takes part in, it’s a great chance to read a piece of poetry that either you or others might enjoy, and have fun while doing it. Hopefully, just taking a minute to read a poem to a friend, coworker, or classmate can take some of the stress out of your day.
Here at Minnetonka High School, the late start on April 27 meant we pushed Poem in Your Pocket Day back a day in order to cherish and celebrate this holiday more fully. Each year the Writing Center plays a huge part in the organization and success of the school’s Poem in Your Pocket Day by hosting a school wide poem giveaway and putting together a prize raffle for those who’ve read poetry to any of their teachers and classes. Staff and students can both get in on the fun!
Poem in Your Pocket Day is such creative and unique way to share writing with others and brighten up someone’s day. The more poems you read, the more you enjoy yourself; and who knows, it might even become your new favorite holiday!