"Poetry is a record of the life around us and in us, and you'll get a better idea from poetry what it was like to be alive in 2011 than you will from the New York Times." Garrison Keillor
The Big Sister recently learned that she loves to write poetry. With this came a new understanding of poetry and how truly wonderful poetry is.
April 21, 2016 is national Poem In Your Pocket Day, the idea is simple: select a poem you love then carry it with you to share throughout the day. Want other ways to participate? Click here for a treasure trove, brought to you by the Academy of American Poets. (In 2016 The League of Canadian Poets have extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada!)
The Put a Poem in Your Pocket Challenge is to find a poem and share it with BFWP (post it in the comments.) Then if you choose, print it, carry it in your pocket, and share it with people in honor of Poem in Your Pocket Day!
- Visit www.poets.org. There you will find a treasure trove of information.
- To randomly search for a poem by topic, author or first line click here for poets.org amazing search engine. On that page we found this quote: "For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences." Rainer Maria Rilke
- Visit this very cool interactive map to search for local poets in the USA, click here to learn more.
- To enjoy a daily dose of poetry visit The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor --it is one of The Mom's secrets to a lovely day, start it inspired.
Now it is your turn, find a poem and share it! The Big Sister adds, "it is okay to share your own poetry!"
Read the comments --you might like some of the poems that have been shared! Please use the following format for your comment: Title of Poem, Author, and your thoughts on the poem.