Pick up a poem (for free)
"Pssst... is that a poem in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"
If you're going through Grand Central Terminal Thursday morning, be forewarned: the Academy of American Poets and volunteers are going to try and put a smile on your face, as they hand out free poems to mark the first-annual 'Poem In Your Pocket Day'.
The morning extravaganza, which falls during National Poetry Month, will feature poets with a New York connection--Edna St. Vincent Millay, Claude McKay, Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus.
Along with such non-Gothamites (but pretty decent poets) Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, and others.
Once you've secured your poem make a beeline for nearby Bryant Park, where the city is holding an all-day open-mic reading of poems."Poems and pockets are a magnetic combination for commuters," said Academy of American Poets executive director Tree Swenson. "
Think of New Yorker Frank O'Hara writing poems during his lunch hour. In 'A Step Away from Them,' he ended with these lines: 'my heart is in my/pocket, it is Poems by Pierre Reverdy.'"
And if you happen to walk into any of five museums with a poem--any poem!--in your pocket, you'll get in free.
Participating museums are: the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of the City of New York, P.S. 1, the Staten Island Museum, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.