Poem in Your Pocket Day


Poem in Your Pocket Day is an annual initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate National Poetry Month. The League is very excited to be have joined this initiative for the first time in 2016, adding some of our favourite Canadian poems and poets to the mix! Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018 will be held on Thursday, April 26.  View, share, or copy and paste individual Canadian poems from the links below!


Ireland also joined in on the fun this year!
Download 12 pocket poems from Poetry Ireland here.

La Journée du poème à porter: Although there is not yet a French version of the Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet, we encourage participants to check out the extensive database of French poems on Les Voix de la Poesie to find poems to celebrate la Journée du poème à porter!

La Journée du poème à porter est la version française de Poem in Your Pocket Day, lancé à New York en 2002. L’évènement se déroule partout aux États-Unis depuis 2008 et au Canada depuis 2016, grâce à The Academy of American Poets et The League of Canadian Poets. Il a lieu durant le National Poetry Month. LA POÉSIE PARTOUT est un nouvel organisme à but non lucratif né en janvier 2017 qui invente, produit et diffuse des activités poétiques variées. LA POÉSIE PARTOUT imagine des moyens de médiation et des tactiques de dissémination pour permettre à la poésie de rencontrer divers publics et d’investir différents lieux.


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


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 — and we’re excited to have these illustrations of Anne Carson, George Elliott Clarke, Gregory Scofield, and Bronwen Wallace for you to print out and carry around with you this Poem in Your Pocket Day! These poets have been widely anthologized, published, and shared, so we encourage you to find a poem that strikes you and carry that around with you as well.

Download high-res photos by clicking on each poet’s name: Anne Carson, George Elliott Clarke, Gregory Scofield, and Bronwen Wallace. Thank you to Evan Munday for these wonderful illustrations!

View, share, or copy and paste the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket selections! 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! (Click to download)

  • Kayla Czaga
  • Marilyn Dumont
  • Sue Goyette
  • Sheniz Janmohamed
  • M. Travis Lane
  • Alice Major
  • Bruce Meyer
  • George Murray
  • Antony di Nardo
  • Armand Garnet Ruffo
  • Renee Sarojini Saklikar
  • Zainab Syed
  • Daniel Scott Tysdal