Thursday, April 18, 2013

Poem In Your Pocket Day

April is National Poetry Month and today, April 18th, 2013 is Poem In Your Pocket Day. According to the Academy of American Poets, "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. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem in Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or let us know your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem in Your Pocket Day by emailing

Along with your library, bookstore, or shelf at home, you can find the perfect poem for your pocket by browsing, or by signing up to receive a poem from new spring poetry titles each day during April."

In honor of Poem In Your Pocket Day during National Poetry Month, here is the poem I will be carrying in my pocket today. I chose something short for practical reasons; it is a two-line poem called "Evening Chess" by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic. Simply amazing how two lines can tell such a complicated, loaded story:

Evening Chess
by Charles Simic

The Black Queen raised high
In my father's angry hand.

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