Commonplace Poetry Book Project

Francis A. Gregory Library

Commonplace Poetry Book Project

In Celebration of National Poetry Month

Poem in Your Pocket DayNational Poetry Month takes place in April of each year, much to the delight of romantics and literary types.

I, myself, am one of them. From the inventor of the American mystery novel, Edgar Allan Poe, to the British Poet Laureate, Lord Alfred Tennyson, poems of love and loss are plentiful at DC Public Library.

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in honor of our community's favorite poems and poets, we invite you to include your favorite poem or poet in Francis A. Gregory's Commonplace Poetry Book.

A commonplace book is a blank journal left in a public space where anyone can contribute to its contents. What makes a commonplace poetry book unique is that contributors can add poems to the journal from memory, pen an original poem to be included, or include your favorite verses from an anthology, such as these:

Dark house, by which once more I stand
Here in the long unlovely street,
Doors, where my heart was used to beat
So quickly, waiting for a hand,

A hand that can be clasp'd no more—
Behold me, for I cannot sleep,
And like a guilty thing I creep
At earliest morning to the door.

He is not here; but far away
The noise of life begins again,
And ghastly thro' the drizzling rain
On the bald street breaks the blank day.
-In Memoriam A. H. H.

The Francis A. Gregory Commonplace Book will be available for those wishing to contribute to the project beginning April 1. On April 24, selections from this commonplace book will be shared with the library community in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day, a day dedicated to carrying and sharing a poem with others.

For more information, please call 202-698-6373.