Connection Through Creativity
The idea for Poetry on Postcards (PoP) came to me one afternoon when I was looking at a hand-written note card from my Great Aunt. She had such beautiful penmanship, and there was such a thoughtfulness to the fact that she had not only taken the time to write the note, but had actually popped out to grab a stamp and put it in the post. This seemingly ‘old’fashioned’ form of communication was so simple, and yet so very powerful.
I have also been very inspired recently by poet, Luisana Ochoa-Petit | @lucy_luisana, an Australian-based creative who has brought poetry back into the real-world with her art-meets-life live poetry nights, Poetry Portraits.
I have always believed deeply in the power of poetry to bring joy and hope. In a world, and particularly my poetry world, which is firmly planted in the wonderful wild woods of Instagram, the idea of a real postcard, sent complete with a stamp to a real person, somewhere in the real world was such a creative way to bring about connection and create art through poetry. I just knew that I had to make it a reality.
So whether you love poetry, or would like a note sent in the mail just for you, or you simply could do with a little ray of sunshine, we cannot wait to send you a postcard and share our love of poetry with you. The postcards are free and there is no requirement for you to do anything other than enter your address details and check you mailbox.
If you would like to support us we invite you to tag us on Instagram on our account @poetryonpostcards if you take a photo of the postcard so that we can share the connection on social media.
Connection blooms here.
Lead Creative – Rayna Hutchison
The Art of Found-Object Poetry
Poetry on Postcards draws on the notions of the Found-Object poetry form. Found-Object poetry is a contemporary poetry form that is not only the individual act of writing, but a collaborative work between writer and reader. Loosely based on Found-Object Art, a Found-Object Poem is a poem that is written by the poet, and then ‘left’ somewhere unexpected to be ‘found’ by the reader. It is only when the poem is ‘found’ that it becomes a piece of art. Found-Object poems can be any form and rhyming is optional. There is no set length, however given the constraints of space normally associated with this form, short works such as haiku, are often popular. A Found-Object poem normally has an uplifting and positive theme.
In our case, rather than the poem being ‘left’ at random within the every day context, we are using a mailbox as our location. The ‘found’ aspect comes with the unknown time frames that are associated with traditional post, particularly post which is being sent across the globe. This means that the neither the reader, nor the poet, can determine when the poem will be ‘found’. This creates the unexpected and an element of the extraordinary, within the ordinary.
A special, ‘Thank you’ to Her Heart Poetry for the definition of Found-Object poetry.