World Poetry Day has been celebrated on March 21 since 1999, and every year it seems more and more folk in more and more countries are marking the event in some way or other.

For my part I especially like the Pay By Poetry concept, where consumers are offered the chance to pay for their goods by reciting a poem.

Two examples are the first and last of the following ten World Poetry Day stories I picked as part of The New Publishing Standard’s small contribution to marking this glorious day of celebration of the written word.


Croatia – Free Coffee at cafes Next Week Across Croatia

Tajikistan – On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia’s Heart

Goa, India – When rhyme has a lot of reason

Middle East / North Africa – On World Poetry Day: A kaleidoscope of 21 Arabic poems in translation

Pakistan – This young Pashto poet pledges to use her talent for women’s rights

Caribbean – World Poetry Day: UCCI professor shares Caribbean tradition

Africa – Eight poets make the Brunel African Poetry prize 2018 shortlist

India – World Poetry Day: These verses from Bollywood movies will steal your heart in a jiffy!

Iran – On World Poetry Day, some verses straight from Persia’s heart

UK – You can pay for your coffee with a poem on World Poetry Day