Make with Me: Poem Pocket


Every April, Poem in Your Pocket Day appears as a culminating celebration for National Poetry Month. Here are just a few ideas for how to make your own pocket to put that precious poem in to carry and share with others.

Originally published on April 3, 2020

In preparation for Poem in Your Pocket Day, a special day to share poems that’s part of National Poetry Month, we’re encouraging everyone to make some pockets for your poems! On the day, everyone will be invited to reach into your pockets and pull out all your favorites to share.

Read more about how NWP is celebrating National Poetry Month this year and find inspiration below to create your own poem pocket to fill throughout the month ahead.

a small bag sewn into or on clothing so as to form part of it, used for carrying small articles.
a small patch of something.

in one’s pocket
in one’s possession
under one’s influence

Poems to inspire:

Songs to inspire:

Pocket ideas to inspire:

Origami paper bag pocket for petite poems. (Because reuse is even better than recycle.)

Pocket created from a brown paper back with Poem Pocket written on it and some decoration.

Paper bag pocket with poem nestled inside, half out.

Spruce Crafts tutorial for beginner origami pocket

Fabric pocket with fake quilt stitching. (In case you want to be fancy.)

Colorful cloth pocket for poem.

Fabric pocket from old cargo pants. (Because who’s wearing them these days?)

Black cloth back with puffy paint that says April Poem Pocket.

Three meditations on pockets for poems made of toilet paper rolls. (Enough said.)

Different shapes of poem pocket envelopes made from paper with Pocket for Poems written on top.

Create a Digital Poem Pocket with Padlet. (Because you want to screen-share, right?)

Screenshot of painted brick wall and photo from poetry Padlet.


Share your pockets and your poems all month long!

To share your pockets and poems to a wider audience, use the following hashtags on social media: #WriteNow #NWP #NationalPoetryMonth