Poem in Your Pocket Day has grown to be one of our favorite days of the year. Each year, we’ve found new ways to celebrate this day. We write poetry to prepare. We hold a poetry contest. We encourage every person in our school to carry a poem in your pocket.
The thing about Poem in Your Pocket that people look forward to the most is our poetry cafe in the library. I decorate the library with tables, tablecloths, lights, and poetry. There’s a fancy microphone and a poet’s stool. Every class in the school comes the library across 2 days to share poems into the open microphone. This year’s poetry cafe will be on Thursday and Friday April 9th and 10th.
For the past few years, we’ve used Adobe Connect to broadcast and archive our poetry readings for the world to see. This year, we are once again trying something new. We’re still broadcasting, but now we are using Google Hangouts. Each class has a Google Hangout setup. I’ve made one Google Site that contains all of the links to the hangout feeds. At each scheduled time, the hangout will go live for an audience to view.
This year, we are encouraging our viewing audience to use Twitter to talk about our poetry. Comments for classes or individual students can be tweets using the hashtag #barrowpoems I’ll have a Twitter feed up on our board so that our students can see what people are saying about their poems.
I encourage you to tune in and watch on April 9th & 10th. Please share this event with everyone you know. It is sure to be a great 2 days of poetry!
Here’s what you need to know:
When: 8:00AM-2:30PM eastern on April 9th and 10th
Where: Google Hangouts. All links can be found at bitly.com/barrowpoems15
Tweet about the event and the poems using hashtag #barrowpoems