City Paper is not for tourists
Today is Poem In Your Pocket Day. The Academy of American Poets suggests that you “handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards,” “add a poem to your email footer,” or “post a poem on your blog or social networking page.” Hey, this is a blog or social networking page! Here, timely verse from Sharon Olds:
The Pope’s Penis by Sharon Olds
It hangs deep in his robes, a delicate clapper at the center of a bell. It moves when he moves, a ghostly fish in a halo of silver sweaweed, the hair swaying in the dark and the heat — and at night while his eyes sleep, it stands up in praise of God.
If you prefer not to pocket your excitement, it’s also National High Five Day.