Celebrate Poetry Month
Poem in Your Pocket
a Fort Bragg Library Film
April is Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a film of readings?
April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day and we challenged you to pick a favorite poem, one you would carry in your pocket to read to friends and then we asked you to make a video of yourself reading that poem, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would include your reading in our Poem in Your Pocket film. Several patrons and staff were up to the challenge and below you’ll find our first Poem in Your Pocket Day film along with two poetry reading clips. We hope you enjoy! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more fun library videos!
Poem in Your Pocket 2022
Poem in Your Pocket 2021
Fort Bragg Library poets celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day & Poetry Month with poems about wildflowers. The film features the flowers of our California coast. Many of the poems were composed in response to a “wildflower writing prompt.” Readers are as follows: Jasmine Norris, Penny Walker (text of poem), Michelle Blackwell, Marilyn Lewis-Hampton, Peggy McGee, John Teller, Janice Marcell, Jamie Armstrong, Clare Bercot-Zwerling and Dan Hess.
Poem in Your Pocket 2020
Readers, in order of appearance, are Peggy McGee, Jasmine Norris, Dan Hess, Julie Parker, Valerie McIntire, Virginia Starkey & Dan Hess (reading from the prairie next door to the library where your new library will be!). Mary Rose Kasczorowski and Bill Bradd share their poems via Youtube links.
Original works: “Up and a Day” by Dan Hess; “Driving West to Yorkville, April 3 pm” by Virginia Starkey; “Blades of Grass (a Shelter in Place poem)” by Mary Rose Kasczorowski; and “Gilden” by Bill Bradd.
Other works included in this film: And the People Stayed Home by Kitty O’Meara; Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein; A Certain Lady by Dorothy Parker; Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats; Earth Hard by David Ignato, Love Poem by Robert Bly, and After Years by Ted Cuzer; and To Make a Prairie by Emily Dickinson.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all the poets out there! SALUTE!