Tomorrow, April 24, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. On this day, people all over the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Dr. Gerald Barry, former associate dean of the School of Health Sciences, was a champion of Poem in Your Pocket Day. Each year he promoted this special day and encouraged (even insisted) his students and colleagues bring a poem to school to share. Since Dr. Barry retired this past fall, the library at the Bay Shore Campus has stepped in to promote Poem in Your Pocket Day. So in honor of Dr. Barry, go ahead and take a few minutes to find a poem, print it out and put it in your pocket.
April is National Poetry Month and yesterday was Poem in Your Pocket Day. Here at the Bay Shore campus, we have a champion of Poem in Your Pocket Day. It is Dr. Gerald Barry, our Associate Dean. Each year, Dr. Barry posts flyers around campus to announce the upcoming event. Then on the specified day, he makes his way around campus, sharing his poem with everyone. Actually, this year he shared 6 poems! And one of them was written himself. He also asks each person to share a poem with him. It is obvious that this day has a special meaning to Dr. Barry. He is grinning from ear to ear. To be honest, I’ve never had much interest in poetry. I’ve always been more of an information-seeker than an artist; more logical than creative. But I don’t want to dissapoint Dr. Barry. And its funny how someone else’s passion can be contagious. So there I was the evening before, searching our library’s collection for a poem. The Bay Shore campus library has a wide selection of poetry to choose from. I selected a poem by Robert Frost about the year 2000. It was fun to have a poem in my pocket. I think that tapping into my creative/artistic mind can make me a better librarian. So thank you Dr. Barry. Next year, I may even write my own poem!