Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014: Thursday, April 24

As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day.  In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!

Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor.  Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.

Northfield’s ACC is delighted to enter into its second year of participation in Poem in Your Pocket Day. Rather than limiting the number of poems to those available in the boxes placed across the community, poetry enthusiasts are personally encouraged to copy some of their favorite poems to share with community members and co-workers as part of this year’s event.

The poems will be available in red boxes placed in these locations:

Northfield Arts Guild

Monkey See, Monkey Read

Goodbye, Blue Monday

The Hideaway

Northfield Library 

The James Gang Coffee Shop

Quality Bakery

Bittersweet Eatery

The Rare Pair


Tandem Bagels

The Northfield Senior Center 

If you would like to have a poem in your in-box every day, consider signing up for the American Academy of Poets free email poem delivery service at (http://www.poets.org/poemADay.php)  If you would like to learn more about National Poetry Month, go to www.poets.org.

You can also find a selection of poems chosen for the day by various departments at Carleton College on the Carleton Humanities Center website

This project is funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) through the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, with added support from the Northfield Area Foundation. Other ACC collaborative projects receiving SEMAC fundinginclude the High School Sculpture Project and Sidewalk Poetry. If you would like to make a financial donation to any of these projects, please contact Arts and Culture Commission Chair, Philip Spensley (pspensley@earthlink.net).