Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Weekly Workshop: Postcard Poetry

One of my favorite stops in the Galapagos was Post Office Bay, where tourists could leave postcards and letters that would be delivered by other tourists. If I had thought ahead, I would have left some postcard poetry for someone to find.

A postcard poem is quickly written, short and sweet. Think "haiku" without the syllabic considerations. Or, if you must, think about it as an old-school tweet. You simply write a poem on the back of a postcard, any postcard, any subject. You can write about the picture on the card, or what is going on around you at the moment. The idea is for the poem to have a feeling of immediacy, of present-tense.

Once you have gotten down your poem, mail it, or leave it in a strategic place for someone to find. Put it in a bottle and throw it in the nearest body of water. Leave it under a windshield wiper. Tie it to a balloon. Set it free.

2 comments:

Donna Cappello said...

I like this. Remember when you and Tony tied a note to a balloon? What a fun random find!

Katie Cappello said...

Yes, I remember!