Once more it is almost August!
The August Poetry Postcard Project is an exercise in responding to other poets. You write a poem a day for the month of August, write it on a postcard and send it to the next name on your list. When you receive a postcard poem from someone, the idea is that the next poem you send out will be a response to the poem you just received, even though it will be sent to a different person. Ideally you will write 31 new poems and receive 31 postcard poems from all over the place.
To participate, send your name, mailing address, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be sending out one long list this year instead of individual lists of 32 names.
Please be sure to send in your information before that. I will email the list to the participants in an attached word document as well as in the body of the email.
If you know anyone who would like to participate, feel free to forward them this message!
Thanks for putting up with this long winded explanation!
Hope you enjoy the Poetry Postcard Fest!
On or about July 27th, send postcards to the 3 people on the list below your name. (If you are near the bottom, send a card to anyone below you then start again at the top.) Ideally, you would write 3 different short poems -- remember they are being composed on a postcard and please keep your handwriting clear. (If you start with folks outside your country, you may want to start sending poems early…)
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, 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. Present tense is preferred... Do write original poems for the project. Taking old poems and using them is not what we have in mind. Letting a card linger for a while before you respond to the next person on your list is cool.
The blog for the fest is here: http://poetrypostcards.blogspot.com/
A workshop handout for the poetry postcard writing exercise is here: http://paulenelson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Postcard-Exercise.pdf
You may also view that handout at this link: http://paulenelson.com/workshops/poetry-postcard-exercise/