In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2019 is on April 18 and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.
(C) T. Altman 2019
April is National Poetry Month and although it might of been instigated by Academy of American Poets in 1996, its gone worldwide and is something I have taken part in personally over the last several years.
This year instead of using the prompts by one FB group, blog or website I have used several which have inspired me.
Writing poetry is not a competition – its about encouraging creativity in a motivational way which is stimulating to the writer.
(C) T. Altman 2019
UNESCO declared World Poetry Day on the 21st of March in 1999
“Poetry’s has the unique ability to capture the creative spirit of the human mind as well as provide individuals with the opportunity to discover and assert their identity.”
An amazing poet whom I resonate with…
Crushing otherness today
Detached from my own skin
Only breathing reminds me
Displaced am I in this world
Castaway, renegade, exile
Standing outside of fleshy throngs
Misunderstood and misunderstanding
Craving human absorption
Desirous of the fool’s banality
Embargoed on intimacy, acceptance, love
For those sensations are for the accepted
The elect, the citizen…. the enthralled
~~Feral Goddess, A. Green-Muilenburg