Do you like poetry? Do you like getting postcards? I know I do! British Poet V.C Linde is chopping up one of her excellent works and send it out, line by line, on interesting postcards, to be reassembled via picture uploads into a completely new work. I think it’s a really exciting project and I was thrilled to receive my postcard yesterday. The picture is Japanese writer, Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
Would you like a poetry postcard? Here’s how it works (taken from here).
A brief rundown of how the poetry postcards project will work, step-by-step.
1. I have written a long (400 line) poem that has been broken down into 100 short poems.
2. These short poems have been typed up, printed out and stuck onto the front of beautiful postcards of writers.
3. I ask for one hundred addresses to send out these postcards to, the addresses can be a home address, work address, PO box or office – whatever is best and I promise that I am the only person to see the address and I will not keep records.
4. As soon as I get an address I pick a postcard at random (not in the original order written) and send it out. They then travel to whichever part of the world they are heading and arrive at your door.
5. You, the recipient, get a lovely postcard with a short poem pasted on the front.
6. You take a picture of the postcard, whichever part you like – but please if you are taking pictures of the back of the card take care to cover your address!
7. You upload the picture to the internet. It can be posted on Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or emailed directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org all I ask is that you check I can see it and reblog it here.
8. You let me know that your picture is online (via any part of the internet) and I post your picture up on this Tumblr.
9. In the end there will be a whole new poem online, all one hundred poems (hopefully) will be shown and will make a new poem!
Wherever you are in the world, send your address to email@example.com to receive a poetry postcard. What do you think of the idea?