Arts and Culture Commission Announces "Poem in Your Pocket Day" ~ Thursday, April 21st

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This week marks the fourth year of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.  Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.

In 2002, as part of New York City’s National Poetry Month celebration, the Office of  Mayor Bloomberg, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, initiated Poem in Your Pocket (PIYP) Day.  New Yorkers were encouraged to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.  The Academy of American Poets, in 2008, brought the program to the nation’s attention, encouraging communities across the country to join in the celebration and appreciation of poetry.

Twelve red boxes of poetry will be placed in Northfield businesses from Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, April 24th.   The Arts and Culture Commission encourages citizens to select poems and enthusiastically share them with others, perhaps even taking time to read them aloud.