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Legislation #: 070415 Introduction Date: 4/5/2007
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Title: Recognizing National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2007.

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4/4/2007 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/5/2007 Adopted

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Recognizing National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2007.


WHEREAS, National Poetry Month was first celebrated in 1996 as a result of efforts by the Academy of American Poets in conjunction with publishers, booksellers, literary groups, librarians, poets and teachers to promote the appreciation of poetry; and


WHEREAS, in 1996, President Clinton wrote that National Poetry Month offers us a welcome opportunity to celebrate not only the unsurpassed body of literature produced by our poets in the past, but also the vitality and diversity of voices reflected in the works of todays American poetryTheir creativity and wealth of language enrich our culture and inspire a new generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best; and


WHEREAS, part of National Poetry Month is Poem in Your Pocket Day, a day during which people are encouraged to carry with them a poem which they are willing to share with others. This year, Kansas Citys Poem in Your Pocket Day will be April 30. This day to share poetry originated in New York City where it has become a popular activity in schools as well as among those interested in literature. Of local interest is the fact that President Harry S Truman carried a poem with him from the time he graduated from high school. Always in Trumans wallet was a stanza from Alfred, Lord Tennysons Locksley Hall that portrayed a utopian era of peace and understanding, and is at least somewhat prescient of what Truman and his predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt, envisioned after World War II; and


WHEREAS, Poem in Your Pocket Day will be celebrated this year for the first time in Kansas City. This celebration is just one part of a growing movement to encourage the writing, appreciation and understanding of poetry as a genre that offers a particularly profound enrichment; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and Council hereby designate April 30, 2007, as Poem in Your Pocket Day and that this day be appropriately celebrated as part of National Poetry Month; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Barbara Womack with the appreciation of the Mayor and Council.