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Poetry at Work Day Survival Kit


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Celebrating Poetry at Work Day

Want to celebrate in your workplace, but not sure where to begin? Bringing poetry to work and engaging your coworkers, employees or management can be as simple as reading a poem or printing some out to leave on the cafeteria tables. Or maybe you could invite a local poet in for the afternoon break time or create a poetry wall for your coworkers to write a few lines together.

Whatever you decide, we’ve put together a Poetry at Work Survival Kit to help you plan.  Check out these great resources and bring poetry to work:

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Taking Poetry to Work: A Few Good Tricks

We’ve created three simple activities you could use in your workplace to encourage your coworkers to play with poetry at work. You might need some paper, scissors, and glue, or you might just need a poem.

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Poetry at Work Day Infographic

Our new Poetry at Work Day infographic highlights the places you can hear poetry at work, famous poets and their “day jobs,” great poems about work, and simple ways you can celebrate the day at your workplace. Want to spread the word? There’s no better place to start than this great shareable infographic–complete with a chicken and chocolate chip cookies! Send it to your colleagues and friends via email, or share it to Facebook or Twitter. You can even post it on your company’s intranet site.

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10 Great Poems About Work

Poetry at work has been going on for centuries, from the farm to the blacksmith shop to the boardroom and unemployment line. And poets have long written about the value of work, the lack of work, the toil of work. Check out these ten great poems about work, including some relatively new works.

Illustrations and post by LW Lindquist.


Poetry at Work Business and Poetry Books

Poetry at Work, by Glynn Young, foreword by Scott Edward Anderson

“This book is elemental.”

—Dave Malone

Your Comments

13 Comments so far

  1. L.L. Barkat says:

    I am trying to figure out where to get a chicken for tomorrow’s celebration ;-)

    That, or John Donne. :)

  2. Do you know the Jack Prelutsky poem “Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens”? (I read so much Prelutsky to my son while he was growing up. Love him.) His poem is here:

    LL, get yourself a virtual chicken (though be careful what you click on while searching). How to raise a virtual chicken:

  3. L. L. Barkat says:

    Maureen, you are hilarious.

    I am only going to raise a virtual chicken if she promises to write poetry ;-)

  4. Claire says:

    Lyla I know people often tell you that you are awesome, but here I am saying it again.

  5. Lyla, you and your art are fresh air in my world. Fresh, funny, crisp and clean. I’m opening my windows wide today for more of your art to blow in (its in the ’70′s here) The chicken is a hoot.

  6. Debbie says:

    Fun and creative work. These poems give me reason to go to work everyday. Thanks for your uplifting spirit.

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