Is That a Poem in Your Pocket?

BookendsIMG_4808Cindy: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 27th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and I hope you’ll celebrate. It’s the perfect chance to encourage sharing poetry; the link above lists many great ideas for classrooms and libraries.

Last year, I shared a few display ideas. This year, a volunteer got creative with the big pocket I made and crafted a display with even more pockets, all stuffed with either photocopied poems or blank slips of paper so students can fill their pockets with poems.

Here’s the poem I’ll be carrying in my pocket. It’s from Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, which Lynn and I raved about on Monday:

The Blue Alphabet
celebrating Terrance Hayes

Make a paint box out of letters;
add water and dip your brush.
Swirl it on the paper with style
IMG_4811while you are humming a tune,
smiling or standing still. Waiting
for the school bus, you can dazzle
your friends with the words you have
made and strung together
like beads around your neck.
—Marjory Wentworth

What poem will YOU be carrying?




About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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