New Yorkers have always had a reputation for being a brash bunch, but April is the time of year when city dwellers getin touch with their lyrical side.“Hark, I’m walkin’ here!”
April 24 marks New York City’s 12th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day, which encourages residents to write their own poem, or borrow one from their favorite poet. All you need to do to participate is choose a poem and share it with your friends, family, classmates and colleagues on April 24.
Since 2010, Metro has partnered with the city to promote this special day by co-hosting the #NYCPoetweet Twitter poetry contest, which runs April 1-8. The five bestpoetweeters will have their character-efficient creations published in Metro and on www.metro.us on April 24. (You can read former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s own poem from last yearhere.)To have your poem seen by the masses, tweet your best original rhymes, verses and haikus using #NYCpoetweet by April 8.
Poem in Your Pocket Day is a special initiative for first lady Chirlane McCray, a known poetry fan who also writes poetry on her blog, www.flonyc.tumblr.com. “Poetry is everywhere in New York City, and Poem in Your Pocket Day and the #NYCPoetweet competition give us the chance to celebrate our city’s literary vitality and history, ” she said in a statement to Metro. “I encourage all New Yorkers to compose a poetweet, go to an open mic night, join a poetry slam, scribble verses on a napkin or explore the work of a professional poet at your library. Express yourself for a better New York!”