Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day, a time for readers to carry a copy of their favorite poem and share it with the world.
What poem will you carry in your pocket? As a younger man, GalleyCat editor used to carry around a beat-up pocket edition of Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg. However, today we are sharing a digital copy of “Dirge” by the great Kenneth Fearing (more background on the poem here).
Check it out: “The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you on Poem In Your Pocket Day, sharing it with co-workers, family, and friends … Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002, and nationwide since 2008. Each year, parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues burst with open readings of poems from pockets.”