Celebrate Poem in your Pocket Day by Sharing a Poem

April 29th marks National Poetry Month’s Poem in your pocket day. While Poets.org list a number of ways to celebrate, the DePaul University Library encourages you to share a poem on social media using hashtag #PocketPoem. Here’s our pick for Poem in your Pocket Day 2021:

Dreams by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Hold fast to dreams 

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

Homage to the poet Langston Hughes by Artist Peter Clarke (1929-2014) was part of an Exhibition Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats at Institute of International Visual Arts January 16 – March 9, 2013.




















We also recommend you check out some of our poetry resources within the collection.

African American Poetry contains nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry contains over 50,000 poems by over 300 poets.

Poems from the Colonial period to the end of the 19th century.

Over 50,000 poems by 300+ American poets, including: Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.

More than 19,000 poems and offers a comprehensive survey of Canadian poetry from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.

Contains the works of 50 poets comprising 140 volumes of poetry published by Faber and Faber in the 20th century.

Now go forth and lift someone’s spirits or share your feelings with the symbolism of poetry!

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