What a mad ten days of writing poetry, reading poetry, watching other people embrace and take up the notion of poetry on a post-it note, then trying to work out the best way to organise what was meant to be nothing more than a dare between Adam Byatt and myself.
Mid-week we started an open Facebook Group to:
- aggregate the poetry being written and shared
- allow everyone access to the poetry
- give people who didn’t know each other an opportunity to interact and comment
It possibly looks a bit daunting if you go there and see “all this poetry”… but we’re all working from the very same premise: participation not prowess.
In fact I love the disclaimer on Adam’s website on the first day: Results may vary and you can probably expect dog-awful, spleen rupturing, Vogon-inspired poetry. You have been warned.
I have dug out the text conversation (edited out all the boring, mundane stuff about blogs and Piper’s Reach running through it) that launched the idea of post-it note poetry:
ADAM: Have an idea for Feb or March: a post-it note story a day. Write a story on a post-it note and photo it. Instagram for writers. Just one or two sentences.
JODI: That sounds like a brilliant idea. I’m normally challenged in such a short space – but I’d be up for it. Post-it notes perfect also for haiku – I really got a kick out of Feb Haiku last year – 28 days of bad haiku.
ADAM: Feb sounds great for bad haiku/post-it note poetry
JODI: Post-it note poetry party!
ADAM: Done deal. Let’s write really bad post-it note poetry for Feb.
JODI: Sir you are a legend – I adore working with you
I can thank my university literature course for spoiling poetry for me. It was presented as inaccessible, exclusive, high-elevation sacrosanct literature, metre-driven and not for my consumption as a reader or writer. As such I never attempted to read much less write poetry (yet all these years I’ve kept my Norton’s Anthology of Poetry).
I wrote 29 haikus last February but didn’t really share them. I was part of a poet’s forum but felt totally out of my depth there. This year it’s been wonderful to read and immerse in the imagery, wisdom and content of everyone’s words as part of #postitnotepoetry.
There is absolutely something to be said for permission to do something badly rather than the expectation to produce something outstanding. I’m having a ball and freeing myself from the confines of haiku has allowed me to explore so much more than I did last year.
I’m in awe of everyone who has contributed over the last ten days: the generous spirit in which everyone has participated, interacted and thrown themselves in–raw and vulnerable.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Here are my picks from those who joined up in the first week (and it is really hard to pick just one from each–believe me there really isn’t any Vogonish about what is being penned!)