Post-It Note Poetry 2017


Four years ago, while we were writing Post Marked: Piper’s Reach, I dared Adam to write a bad poem every day in February. Adam dared back – the poem had to fit on a post-it note.  Post-It Note Poetry was born as a monthly adventure. From humble beginnings in 2013, Post It Note Poetry has grown, and now commands international participation and the generous stewardship and curation of S.B. (Sean) Wright. (A big wave to our friends at Hartlepool Libraries in the UK!)



The participation guidelines are pretty simple:

  • commit to producing a poem daily in the month of February.
  • give yourself permission to write as well, or as badly, as suits.
  • poems must fit on a post-it note (they come in a variety of sizes and there are various apps and program that will emulate a post-it note or found poetry techniques of a suitable size).
  • photograph or screen capture the poem.
  • post to social media with the hashtage #pinp17.
  • get involved by sharing the poetry of other participants via your favourite social media platform or by joining the FaceBook community.



Follow @seandblogonaut or @jodicleghorn to keep abreast of what’s going on during the month. Sean has a dedicated Twitter timeline for it.



In 2016 I was able to test drive my poem squares for #pinp16. I’ll be pushing the boundaries again with #pinp17 to create a basis for a new project I’ll be launching in the next few weeks. I’ll be posting pics here every few days, but Instagram will be my main haunt.



For more info see:

Post-It Note Poetry 2017 – Participant Guidelines

Post It Note Poetry – Permission to Write (Badly)

Post It Note Poetry 2015

IMG_1311 2Post It Note Poetry is back for another year!

In 2013, while we were neck deep in writing Post Marked: Piper’s Reach, Adam and I challenged each other to a month of writing bad poetry. Adam upped the ante by insisting said dreadful poetry had to be contained to a single post it note. And #PostItNotePoetry was born.

It has grown each year and you can be a part of it. The rules are simple.

You will need:

1. Post it notes (though some clever individuals have been using e-notes).

2. Something to write on the post it note with (obviously not essential for writing on screens!)

3. Something poetic to say on the post it note.

4. Something to photograph the post it note with (think out side the square with how you frame and photograph your tiny masterpiece)

5. Something to collect your post it notes in/or.

Use Twitter or Facebook or Tumblr or a blog to share your poem. My favourite Post It Note Poets (veterans from 2013!) are @revhappiness, @SeanBlogonaut, @mkelly317 and @robgcook but I can see there are already many new poets to fall in love with this month.

There is no need to adhere to form, theme, tone, meter, rhyme or anything else that might normally apply. #PostItNotePoetry not only welcomes but embraces experimentation. You can commit to the entire 28 days or anywhere in between.

So jump in and be part of the Facebook group or follow on Twitter with #PostItNotePoetry.