Today, April 30, is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city's Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.
In 2020, COVID has definitely changed how we can take part in this day. It's not a good idea to carry poems around in your pocket then pass them hand-to-hand to family, friends, and strangers. Here are some ways you CAN participate. Thanks to the Academy of American Poets for these ideas!