Carry Western MA Poets in Your Pocket During Poem in Your Pocket Day

Celebrating National Poetry Month:
Poem in Your Pocket Day

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day is an annual day for people to celebrate the inspiring nature of poetry by selecting a poem and carrying it in their pocket for sharing with others throughout the day. Originally started in 2002, this annual day is a way for folks to share a common love for written word in the poetic verse.

To discover poetry by writers from the region, consider carrying a poem written by a local poet from Western Massachusetts.  Here are a few poets that inspire our region with their words: 

  • Former Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur is a Cummington, MA, resident.  Read Wilbur’s poem The Beautiful Changes.
  • Ashfield, MA, resident, Jan Freeman is the author of Blue Calypso and founder of Paris Press. Read Freeman’s poem Like a Curtain.
  • Hannah Fries lives in Western Massachusetts. Read her poem Next.
  • Holly Wren Spaulding is a Williamsburg, MA, resident and author of Pilgrim.  Read her poem, Sometimes, the Field.

For upcoming poetry readings and events to support an interest in poetry, check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for community-based opportunities!

[Photo credit: (c) Sienna Wildfield]


Download our March/April edition of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts for embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

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