Here at the University of Akron, we take Poem in Your Pocket Day quite seriously. This year we decided to do an action project on campus, passing out poems to students on the penultimate day of classes for the semester.
First the students (from my Advanced Poetry Writing undergraduate class) handed in their chapbooks. Check out a few samples of their artistry.
In anticipation of Poem in Your Pocket Day I made up distribution packets for the students. You can't get much more handy than this.
Then we took it to the streets. Campus Police eagerly accepted the poems bestowed upon them by two students.
Jimmy and Zach with their packets, ready to fill pockets with poems.
Mike was especially enthusiastic.
Nick climbed a tree and read from Howl, in order to set the tone.
Then it started to rain. But that didn't damper our spirits one bit.
Who could forget the University of Akron Press offices? Not us. Designer extraordinaire Amy Freels gladly accepts a poem for her pocket on the eve of the Akron Poetry Prize reading period beginning.
Afterwards I brought the remaining poems to my faculty meeting. Despite the drizzle, it was a great day for all. The poem in my pocket: this one.
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