Carry Western MA Poets in Your Pocket During Poem in Your Pocket Day
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In celebration of National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day is an annual day for people to celebrate the inspiring nature of poetry by selecting a poem and carrying it in their pocket for sharing with others throughout the day. Originally started in 2002, this annual day is a way for folks to share a common love for written word in the poetic verse.
To discover poetry by writers from the region, consider carrying a poem written by a local poet from Western Massachusetts. Here are a few poets that inspire our region with their words:
- Former Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur is a Cummington, MA, resident. Read Wilbur’s poem The Beautiful Changes.
- Ashfield, MA, resident, Jan Freeman is the author of Blue Calypso and founder of Paris Press. Read Freeman’s poem Like a Curtain.
- Hannah Fries lives in Western Massachusetts. Read her poem Next.
- Holly Wren Spaulding is a Williamsburg, MA, resident and author of Pilgrim. Read her poem, Sometimes, the Field.
[Photo credit: (c) Sienna Wildfield]
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