What do you do?
1. Find a poem, write it down or print it out, and keep it in our pocket the whole of the day.
And don’t tell me you can’t find a poem that suits your pocket. There are poems about everything (though, as G.K. Chesterton pointed out, “The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese”).
Here, for example, is a poem about a pocket:
Are generally over or around
Erogenous zones, they seem to dive
In the direction of those
Dark places, and indeed
It is their nature to be dark
Themselves, keeping a kind
Of thieves' kitchen for the things
Sequestered from the world
For long or little while,
The keys, the handkerchiefs,
The sad and vagrant little coins
That are really only passing through.
For all they locate close to lust,
No pocket ever sees another;
There is in fact a certain sadness
To pockets, going in their lonesome ways
And snuffling up their sifting storms
Of dust, tobacco bits and lint.
A pocket with a hole in it
Drops out; from shame, is that, or pride?
What is a pocket but a hole?
2. After you select the perfect poem to carry in your pocket, share it with everyone you meet!That’s the joy of poetry! Ask someone if they have a poem in their pocket; Read someone the poem you have in your own. To find out more about it or get a poem for your pocket, check out this site.
3. As an added incentive to do these things, there will be staff and faculty equipped with raffle tickets wearing buttons which say, "Is that a poem in your pocket?" that they will give you if you read your poem to them. You will find staff or faculty wearing buttons in most of the campus buildings. You can also visit the Library and read your poem to one of the staff there for tickets. Collect as many tickets as you wish, and bring them to the Open Mic Poetry Night in the Library at 6:00 pm. You can read your pocket poem and other poems, listen to staff and faculty read some of their favorites, eat some yummy treats, and put your tickets in a drawing for some truly fabulous prizes.
What is great about this event is the reading aloud of poetry to one another. Poems should be read aloud. It gives the words a life that the page cannot. If you've not heard poetry aloud, it is a wonderful experience. Try some of these tags on LastFM for a great listen. You will find amazing slam poetry, true beat poetry from the likes of Jack Kerouac, and performances that will have you reexamining what you think about a poem like the feature by Lady Khadija, and many others. Give it a try.