Poem in Your Pocket Day began in New York City in 2002. By 2008, when the Academy of American Poets took it on, it had spread to all 50 states. In 2016 The League of Canadian Poets became involved and that is when I suddenly heard of it.
Red Lake District High School has been taking part in this celebration since 2016. The first year the poems were printed on small bookmarks and last year they were on ribbon tied scrolls. The scrolls were so popular that we did it again this year (with a different selection of poems).
This year we selected 3 poems to give away from the fabulous selection provided by the League of Canadian Poets.ca
This year we gave out: Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay ; When Giving is All We Have by Alberto Rios and Migrations by Eleonore Schonmaier.
I was very pleased that the League of Canadian Poets had included a poem by Eleonore who is a graduate of Red Lake District High and a wonderful, award-winning poet. Last year, with her permission we gave out 2 of her poems. There are many local people who remember Eleonore when she lived in Madsen (a small mining town in the Red Lake District), and it is great for the students to know that our little area has produced such a talented poet.
Here is a link to Eleonore’s website with a post about Poem in Your Pocket Day including a lovely postcard version of the selected poem: