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One Day, 200 Poems

With just a few days left of National Poetry Month, Ms. Claudia Markey has been busy with poetry-related festivities, and today was no exception for this Cushing librarian. Armed with 200 folded poems in a cardboard box, she began the day by handing out poems to the poem-less and to poetry lovers alike as part of National Poem in Your Pocket Day, held annually on April 27.

What began as part of a New York City poetry celebration in 2002, the Poem in Your Pocket Day initiative reached all 50 states by 2008 thanks to the efforts of the Academy of American Poets. The observance has since crossed into Canada and beyond as a way to celebrate and share the joy of poetry with others.

So, whether you choose to carry a poem penned by you or another, trade poems with friends, or surprise your family with a poetic recitation, the goal is simple: select a poem you love or find something new; share with others; enjoy. (And in case you were wondering, all poems found homes by the end of the academic day.)

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Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.