Tuesday, July 13, 2010

August Postry Postcard Project

From Lana Ayers, reposted from the Poetics List. Doesn't this sounds like fun... especially if you decorate the card?

Welcome to the  August 2010 Postcard Poetry List!

Here's what's involved:

Get  yourself at least 31 postcards. These can be found at book stores, thrift shops, online, drug stores, antique shops, museums, gift shops. (You'll be amazed at how quickly you become a postcard addict.)

On or about July 27th, write an original poem right on a postcard and mail it to the person on the list below your name. (If you are at the very  bottom, send a card to the name at the top.) And please WRITE LEGIBLY!

Starting August 1st, ideally in response to a card YOU receive, keep writing a poem a day on a postcard and mailing it to successive folks on the list until you've sent out 31 postcards. Of course you can keep going and send as many as you like but we ask you to commit to at least 31 (a  month's worth).

What to write? Something that relates to your sense of "place" however you interpret that, something about how you relate to the postcard image, what you see out the window, what you're reading, using a phrase/topic/or image from a card that you got, a dream you had that morning, or an image from it, etc. Like "real" postcards, get to something of the "here and now" when you write.

Do write original poems for the project. Taking old poems and using them is not what we have in mind. These cards are  going to an eager audience of one, so there's no need to agonize. That's what's unique about this experience. Rather than submitting poems for  possible rejection, you are sending your words to a ready-made and excited audience awaiting your poems in their mailboxes.
Everyone loves  getting postcards. And postcards with poems, all the better.

Once  you start receiving postcard poems in the mail, you'll be able to respond to the poems and imagery with postcard poems or your own. That  will keep your poems fresh and flowing. Be sure to check postage for cards going abroad. The Postcard Graveyard is a very sad place.

That's  all there it to it. It's that fun and that easy.

To check out  what we've done before, visit the blog [where you'll also see we also have Perennial Poetry Postcard List of folks who try to write a postcard poem at least once a week regardless of receiving in order to keep connections flowing.Paul Nelson's website or our Facebook group.

To  get started, click to register. Once you've registered, you just need to login to see the list of participants. Email postcardpoetry@yahoo.com if you have  any questions, Paul E. Nelson (SPLAB! C. City, WA)

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