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April is over and, with its end, so is this year’s National Poetry Month. Since I started sending a poem a day, more or less, to ALL HNA (including UK) almost six weeks ago (I actually began a week early while in Bologna) you’ve received 36 poems from more than 30 poets. Poems that I knew or discovered or came across by chance or association, poems that for some reason or another struck me or, that I had stashed in my drafts folder waiting to be sent (or not sent) and shared. I usually sent them early in my day, sometimes before full morning light had lifted, before I had my senses completely about me, before I overedited my choices, or gave in to my hesitations and before I thought hard about any audience for the poems other than my own.
Today is national Poem in Your Pocket Day! According to the Academy of American Poets, today is a day to select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others throughout the day. Poem in Your Pocket is a big day at ABRAMS —including a trip to The Today Show with the children’s group to share some poetry and spread the word, as well as pocket-sized poems on the desk of every employee.
ABRAMS has partnered with Tumblr to launch poetrybomb.tumblr.com — a tumblr blog which invites people to read, share, reblog and submit poetry. All month long we will be showcasing emerging and established poets, as well as other poetry campaigns from various publishers and organizations.
Monday, April 30th, was the last day of National Poetry Month and ABRAMS went out with a bang! Forty staff members gathered for a lunchtime Vino & Verse event—a celebration of both poetry and the creativity of our amazing staff. A wide variety of poetry was read aloud, including William Carlos Williams, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Arlington Wright, and even an original poem from a staff member’s husband.
ABRAMS has really gotten in the spirit of National Poetry Month this year, including inspiring a mysterious poetry bomber to take over the office and poetry bombing independent bookstore ourselves! Yesterday, which was Poem in Your Pocket Day, the children and young adult marketing and publicity department woke up at the crack of dawn to wait outside The Today Show in the name of poetry. We were armed with our “Poem in Your Pocket” sign, as well as many copies of Poem in Your Pocket. The department was on TV three times (we’re famous!)—one of which was behind Al Roker while he did the weather! After The Today Show, we headed to Union Square where we passed out single poems to unknowing commuters. Our hope is that these lucky New Yorkers read and enjoyed the poems, and went on to share them with friends and colleagues throughout the day.
After weeks of “Poetry Bombing” which included surprising and fabulously interesting poems and placements, we are closing in on the culmination of Poetry Month with Poem In Your Pocket Day, today, and then a Verse And Vino luncheon on Monday.
“The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heav’n;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shape, and gives to aiery nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
—From A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wm. Shakespeare
While in town for the London Book Fair last Sunday, I decided to take the Tube to near the end of the Northern Line and walked up the hill in search of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s grave. I’ve been reading Coleridge and Wordsworth and thinking about their famous and ongoing “conversation.”