Poem in Your Pocket Day


Poem in Your Pocket Day – falling always sometime in National Poetry Month – is an international movement that encourages folks to center poetry within their daily interactions. On PIYP Day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem.

This annual initiative is organized by the Academy of American Poets, celebrated with a free downloadable PDF booklet containing contemporary American and – since the League joined forces in 2016 – Canadian poetry to share.

Poem in Your Pocket Day will take place this year on April 18, 2019.



For your French pocket poem needs, check out the 2018 booklet created by La poésie partout for La Journée du poème à porter, taking place on Poem in Your Pocket Day in Montréal!

Cette année, nous vous proposons de porter des poèmes (en français, en anglais et en espagnol) de Nicole Brossard, Francis Catalano, Fredric Gary Comeau, Jean-Paul Daoust, Sébastien B. Gagnon, Monique Juteau, René Lapierre, Juan Mildenberger, Joanne Morency, Stephen Morrissey, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Noémie Pomerleau-Cloutier, Diane Régimbald, Alejandro Saravia, Jean Sioui, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Elkahna Talbi, Laurence Veilleux, Shannon Webb-Campbell et Aspasia Worlitzky.

Ways to Celebrate

It’s easy to carry a poem, share a poem, or start your own Poem in Your Pocket Day event. Visit the Academy’s website for a full history of the program and other materials. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Start a “poems for pockets” giveaway in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Memorize a poem
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite lines of poetry
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr
  • Send a poem to a friend

Carry a Poet in Your Pocket!

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by carrying one (or all!) of these Canadian poetry heavyweights with you! Each in their own way, these poets have contributed to the establishment, development, growth, and continued richness of Canadian poetry — in Canada and abroad.

Illustrated by Jenn Woodall:


Illustrated by Evan Munday:

View, share, or copy and paste the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket selections! Canadian poets in the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

Dig through the archives! Canadian poets in the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet:

Find even more Canadian poetry in the 2016 Poem in your Pocket Day PDF!