Chapter and Verse
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog editor Mariela Quintana tells you about a holiday you might have missed.
There’s been a lot of talk about April being the cruelest month. But what’s everyone got against poor old April? Just look at the facts, April’s got the best holidays – April Fool’s, Earth Day, often Easter, occasionally Passover, always 4/20, and Al Green’s birthday’s on the 13th. But April 17th celebrates the loveliest day of all, Poem in Your Pocket Day.
In honor of National Poetry Month (April), PIYP encourages you, dear Bwog reader, to print out a poem that you enjoy or perhaps that you have even written. As you carry it in your pocket, read your poem to as many or as few people as you so wish – don’t be shy, let the inner poet come out!
The holiday is meant to honor not just Erato – our divine Muse of the Lyric Line – but also to promote poetry, literacy an the arts. Today’s celebration will culminate with an open mic reading in Byrant Park. And there’s even a website, so it’s legit!
After the jump, Bwog offers some pocket-friendly poems.
For those with petite pockets:
“This Is Just To Say”
by William Carlos Williams
For the tentative romantic:
“Spring is like a perhaps hand”
by E. E. Cummings
For the Brooding Senior on a Bulter Break:
“Sonnets 04: Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended”
By Edna St. Vincent Millay
For the Debbie Downer in us all:
“Nothing Gold Can Stay”
By Robert Frost
For the artist in us:
“In My Craft Or Sullen Art”
By Dylan Thomas
For anyone who has waited for a train at 96th street:
By Claude McKay
For the lover of the Lost and Found:
By Elizabeth Bishop