3 for ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day’ 2019

Poem in Your Pocket Day – which falls on a different April day each year – is a “movement that encourages folks to center poetry within their daily interactions”:

This annual initiative is organized by the Academy of American Poets, which produces a free downloadable PDF booklet that features contemporary American and Canadian poetry. They want you to not just read it, but share it. They recommend, for instance, that you, “Stand outside the entrance of your place of work and distribute poems to employees and coworkers as they begin their day.”

Their 2019 booklet has 15 poems from a range of different poets, including Naomi Shihab Nye and Ocean Vuong.

Our three modest poems are more for stuffing in your pocket than distributing to your co-workers:

This poem by Ahmed Shafie comes from Robin Moger’s Qisas Ukhra, where you can find many more poems for your pockets. Other poems by Shafie can be found here.


Find more work by Syrian poet Saniyah Salih (1939-1995) in the ArabLit archives.


This small poem by Mohab Nasr was published on Robin Moger’s Qisas Ukhra.