A few random questions posed by participants, or would-be participants, in the 2015 August Poetry Postcard Fest. By the way, this is your last call for registration as that ends July 27 at 12:01 a.m.
1) Can I start now or do I have to wait until August?
By all means start if you have received your list of 32 names/addresses.
2) If we can start now, why do you call it the August Poetry Postcard Fest?
Old habits die hard and 8 years ago the fest was to happen every day in August, but the quality goes up when there is more time and if participants want to wait until August to begin sending cards, they can do it. Do you think we should change the name and take out the word August? If yes, signify below in the comments, otherwise we’ll probably hearken back to the good old days.
3) Do I have to use a quote to start my poem?
No, but I find it helps me get some direction for the poem. Of course, I could probably use the postcard image for some guidance in the moment and sometimes do.
4) Can I do an erasure?
5) What about language representations of bird or other animal sounds?
Now that would be something. Like this: https://vimeo.com/73974583
6) What if my group does not get 32 participants?
You can complain on the APPF Facebook page, but should that event occur, we’ll alert the whole list and ask those in the penultimate group to write a few more, as well as those annual over-achievers who send out 40 or more.
7) Why didn’t you approve my post on the APPF Facebook page?!?
You were complaining.
8) Are you making some of these questions up?
Yes, but some of the ones I am leaving out are worse!
9) Will there be a year ten of the APPF?
10) What is the key to success with the postcard project?
Learning to trust your gut and not worrying about writing a “bad poem.” Learning to put poetry closer to the front of your life’s focus once the fest starts (only for a few weeks) and look at everything as potential material for a poem. Slowing down, allowing time each day (or every other day) to make it a ritual to write the poem and read a lot of other poetry during the fest. Reading some of the essays that have been written in previous years and don’t cheat. You know who you are cheating and it ain’t the Facebook page complainers. Also proper diet and, in the words of Allen Ginsberg, ” noticing what you notice” be it p-patch dragonflies, the smell of a summer bbq or the smell of your lover’s hair. Have fun and stay tuned to this blog for info on the Postcard Anthology, for which a call will be going out. Abrazos.