April is National Poetry Month and this year there is a push to have a poem in everybody's pocket on April 30. You can read about it on the Poem in Your Pocket website. You can also find a poem on the website to print out and put in your pocket so you will be ready in case anyone asks if you happen to have a poem on you, kind of like borrowing a cup of sugar, but not. This is how the Pocket Poem People explain it all in simple terms.
"Celebrate the second national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 30, 2009!
The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 30, 2009."
BHPL has shelves of poetry books. Just yesterday, a patron asked for a poem. She said she had looked through all the books and couldn't find one she liked. And she said she really didn't like poetry anyway but had to find one to read at a meeting and the topic had to be spring. I resisted reciting "Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers iz," because I don't know the second verse. And it seemed silly. We did finally find a book of poems for her. Today I set up a display of poetry books featuring what I think of as poetry books for people who think they don't like poetry. Maybe they just haven't found the right poem.