Is that a poem in your pocket?

In case you haven’t heard, April is National Poetry Month! National Poetry Month is a national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. The goal is to widen attention to the art of poetry. The hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

You can help celebrate National Poetry Month by reading your favorite poems, learning more about the craft, or exploring new poems and poets at

For more fun, participate in “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on Thursday, April 26, 2012! Pick your favorite verse and carry it with you to share with family and friends. 

While I’ll be sure to choose another for that day, I’ll leave one of my very favorite springtime poems here for you to enjoy!


By E. E. Cummings1894–1962

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles          far          and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
balloonMan          whistles



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