Postcard: A Love Note.

Hi friends.

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I got a job at the local library… and am still at the coffee shop. and am not a real life tutor of english and writing. and if it is not apparent I have trouble turning down jobs and opportunities. So, accept my woeful appologie for being ghostly of late and enjoy this last of five postcards!

Keep writing and we will talk more about editing and squares soon! Much Love!

Postcard 4: With a little Hipster Flare

In an attempt to give my editing mind a break before biting off part 2, here is the forth of five postcards.

This one, maybe a little more editing in the composition…

Remember that there are always ways to freshen up your work. Keep writing and give yourself a break if needed. Love love love you all.

Postcard: A Moment of Nostalgia

This card took a few revisions but here is the third in the series of five so far. The other are getting a few quick revisions. I love this poem because of the time I wrote it, but feel also the interplay between the iconic telephone wires and hanging shoes represents a nostalgia that we are all phoning back to… do you remember playing with paper cups on strings?

Postcard Poem 12 – Wish on a Fish

Dear readers,

I enjoyed the first postcard so much that I made a second one. This poem has been deemed finalized in the early stages of the editing project (now on phase two). And in making this second one I evoked the use of typography to distinguish the different voices in this poem as a conversation.

There are two clear voices in this poem. The question and answer format comes through only via the second voice, a believer of sorts who explains the situation in a unique light. The changing fonts are not a mere exaggeration of the high points of the poem but also a demonstration of a second conversation, happening outside the page. The voice repeats implied questions as a simple serif font while the cadences of exaggeration can be seen in the typewriter, script and brush fonts. Now whether the speaker is speaking to his or herself, a book, a listener, a group or an apparition is not to be revealed. but in allowing the type and spacing to play into the poem a new perspective can come to the forefront.

OR maybe I’m reading into it. You be the judge. Emjoy and Keep Writing (or Designing, whichever you muse decides!)

The Postcard with the Most-card

So I’ve taken things to the next step with the sharables, trying to make the poems feel tangible and interesting. And then Vistaprint kept emailing me about deals and all that. And how can I pass up a good deal!

I also was reminded that there is a postcard hanging on my bulletten-board of favorite things from a conference in college I attended where a woman wrote a lovely poem about mountains and women and all that. So I’ve decided to take Vistaprint up on their offer and make some postcards of my favorites in order to bring to poems to life.

But as my loyal fans (hi mom) I wanted to share first!

If you are interested in making your own postcards you can enjoy these for a total of $20 or less. Theses will be heavy matte cardstock, which is a little extra. They can have envelopes if you want and I’ll just get 50 but you can get more for less per peice. It’s not a bad investment for those of us who are looking for a little extra umph.

There will always be a loss with poetry. How do you make it real, how do you get it into someones hands with low cost or without publication and the issues there, and how then do you make it visually stimulating in a world of instigram and twitter?

You hand it to them! Problems (for now) solved!

Keep writing and start designing, you never know what you might invent!


Poem 77 RevisedPoem 77 EditedPoem 77 Original

SQ 2: Some Logic Behind the Meme

Poetry and Sharing, a Tango

 Poem 4 Revised

 Poem 5 Revised

 Poem 6 Revised

 Poem 7 Revised

 Poem 8 Revised

 Poem 9 Revised

 Poem 16 Revised

 Poem 17 Revised

 Poem 18 Revised

 Poem 21 Revised

So yesterday before work I posted a few of my Square Sharables or SQ’s for short, that I thought would be a good idea to jump start the sharing phase of this project of mine.

So let’s outline what we know and talk about why this helps both the knowledge of these poems and the editing process in general.

As editors we are challenged to look at a piece in all possible angles in order to anticipate and preempt meaning and understanding. By this I mean that we are making sure there are as few ‘that’s what she said’ moments as possible so that the art and meaning can be absorbed without distractions or silliness. In some ways that is the control that poets are always trying to get a hold of.

So gather your thoughs as usual, write and be merry. But when it’s time to look at it new ways, don’t get into too much of a routine. Your routine limits you as an editor, even though it may help you as a writer.

I like the way that these little squares follow the tone of Memes like Grumpy Cat and Sean Bean Winter Is Coming squares that rushed the internet lately. They also look a little like vintage ecards with their color variations and all. That contributes to the sharability. And what is a joke, a piece of knowledge, a little inisght without sharing. Secrets don’t make friends.

The inspiration, again, was the Best New Poets blog and their way of pulling out a quote for the poet among the interviews. It was a fresh and needed look into the poem-as-moment movement that we are teetering on.

So what about that. Poem-As-Moment refers to the ephemeral quality of poetry and reading experience in a faster-paced version to fit a twitter world. We are just about to break that barrier between time and knowledge, in a matrix kind of plug the book into your head way. And while that is probably still science fiction, the idea that ideas are getting smaller and more aro-dynamic is something we live in social media without a second thought.

Shaing, knowing, being is a major part of living in the 21st century and poetry is the perfect form to dive in. I did some thesis work on this in 2012 and found most of my predictions to become true. The one waiting for the other shoe to drop is poetry, so why not start that movement here. We are ready for some poems!

These squares will be the foundation of steps 2.5 and 3.5, an effort to develop and edit poems into stages that are both memorable and sharable. They focus on the heartline (the core or inspiring line of a poem that packs the most punch or delivers on promises made in the poem) as a means of guiding the reader towards interest.

Like a preview.
Like a poster.
Like a clip.

There are many ways that the market has perfected these sensory ques and so why not poetry.


All lines should be contiguous
All lines should be full (if possible)
Image is Secondary – Always
Heartline or other valuable line featured

Simple. But effective, I hope. See the SQ’s above and others posted before. I will talk about some of the challenges and benefits in the next posting.

Keep Writing.

Introducing Square Sharables!

Hello readers!

I have embarked on a new project, A. because I have a short attention span and B. because I feel it is time to be a little more sharable!

I saw this concept as a block quoting technique used by Best New Poets, so this is definately inspired by their use of poem and imagery to make a statement.

So these are my Square Sharables! SQ’s for short. They will be links to other posts and may change slightly with the revisions of poems. In general they will take the heartline of each poem and make it an at a glance candid of the poem in total. I have the first 4 poems and a random here as an example! Enjoy and share if you’re feelin’ it!

Keep Writing.

Poem 1 - On Modern Art

Poem 1

Poem 2

Poem 3

Poem 34 - Coming Soon