Tomorrow, January 15, is 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:
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.
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.
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.
For more on Poetry at Work Day and poetry in the workplace, follow our complete series on Poetry at Work.
Illustrations and post by Lyla Willingham Lindquist.