Poem In Your Pocket

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A Poem in Your Pocket All Month Long


"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."
-Robert Frost


Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops and other events.

Save the date: Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014 will be held on Thursday, April 24. On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them and share it with others throughout the day. –Poets.org

In honor of National Poetry Month, UC Libraries has mounted an exhibit on the fourth floor of Langsam Library celebrating poetry and poets. Included in the exhibit is information about the Elliston Poetry Room, some Ohio poets, poets with a Cincinnati connection, and a sampling of UC poets including Armando Romero, Danielle Deulen, Don Bogen, James Cummins, John Drury and Nicasio Urbina.

Also in the exhibit are poetry books from the collections of UC Libraries as well as UC's own Cincinnati Review, which includes poetry among other writing. A full bibliography of the works included in the display is available at the exhibit as well as online as a PDF.


an empty box. The moon, just a sharp hook of light above her -- lacuna in the flesh of the sky.

Sometimes the idea of the thing is more dangerous than the thing itself.

And after, of course, the gods had someone to blame.

Danielle Cadena Deulen, Lovely Asunder

Want more poetry?

  • Audio recordings - The Elliston Project holds over seven hundred recorded readings and lectures given under the auspices of the University of Cincinnati Department of English and Comparative Literature and the U.C. Libraries since 1951.
  • Video recordings of famous poets including Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and many, many more watch "Voices and Visions" - http://www.learner.org/catalog/extras/vvspot/
  • Read the Cincinnati Review, available for check out in UC Libraries.
  • Check out the exhibit bibliography for a list of poetry books.
  • Visit poets.org. To look up your favorite poems or read the works of poets from all over the world, including from Ohio.
  • And...visit the Elliston Poetry Room, located on the 6th floor of Langsam Library.

The exhibit was created by James Cummins, curator of the Elliston Poetry collection; Melissa Cox Norris, director of library communications; and Anna Freeman, library co-op design student and sophomore in DAAP.


Do not expect your questions to be answered by anyone:
Only you can do it.
When night falls upon you shoulders
and you find yourself tormented by pleasure and desire,
do not question the face of a generous friend,
question the magnitude of your mirrors.
When on the street you are greeted by Walt Whitman
and he invites you to an undeserved poem,
thank him sincerely for the gesture
but search in your heart for your silence.
Everything will end: that terrible pain which tortures you,
the cancer eating your entrails,
the glory of being loved and the pleasure,
the pleasure of having endured until the end.
Everything will end: Do not worry.
The silence which mortifies you today
will be like the pristine voice of a soprano.
Remember Robert Frost and his profound meditations:
Poetry is the palace of human kind.
Return to you house,
throw your pistols away in the garbage,
open the book and read silently a few verses,
close your eyes:
answers will come without your questions.

Nicasio Urbina