Castro Luna at a 100-year-old letterpress machine at the School of Visual Concepts. Photo: Carrie Radford. Back To All Blog Posts

Put a Poem in Your Pocket

This Thursday, carry with you a solid, tangible reminder of “the power and beauty of language.”

This Thursday, Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna invites you to join her for a national event: Poem in Your Pocket Day. On a single day each year during National Poetry Month, thousands across the country carry with them a printed poem—a solid, tangible reminder of “the power and beauty of language,” in Castro Luna’s words.

Don’t have a poem in mind? You’re in luck. Below is a poem written by Michelle Carranza, an eighth grader at Denny International Middle School in Seattle, which Castro Luna translated into English from Spanish. You can print out the pdf here.

Further, you can pick up a beautiful letterpress version of the poem for free at more than 30 bookstores around the state. The poems were hand printed at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts on a 100-year-old Chandler and Price letterpress machine.

The Washington State Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including the state’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in geographically diverse areas of the state. Find an event near you. The poet laureate program is presented by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA.