Post-It Note Poetry 2018


It’s almost that time of year again*.

This February sees the return of Post-It Note Poetry (PINP) for the 6th year. Yes, this will be the sixth time I will have dedicated myself to writing very small pieces of poetry (of dubious quality) on post-it notes, or created poems of an equivalent size in honour of the original dare I had with Adam Byatt – to commit to writing a month of bad poetry on post-it notes. From little things big things grow.

I am co-hosting this year with the poetry powerhouse that is Sean Wright (who, if you read the press release, credits the very first year of PINP with inspiring him to get serious about writing poetry and serious he’s been since then as he’s just released his first chapbook of poetry Magpie Tales.)

Across the years I’ve done a bunch of different things, but for the last two years I’ve dedicated PINP to cut-up poetry. This year I am building on that – combining the analogue cut0up process with digital poetry using fractal images as the backdrop. We’ll see how well the idea transposes into the reality of executing and producing it for an entire month. Assuming I do have a second spare cut-up copy, I’m planning to use Calvino’s Invisible Cities as my base text.


For those of you who’d like to play along at home (at work, on the bus or in any of those in between places perfect for scribbling poetic words on small squares of sticky paper) the ‘rules’ are simple:

  • Write/build/create a poem every day of February.
  • The poem must fit on a post-it note (or be an equivalent sized poem — ie. no more than 8 lines – on a larger backing).
  • Poem must adhere to the original light-hearted spirit of permission to write badly – in which poems can tackle serious content, but internal editors/critic all get a break over February.
  • Post poems to social media with the hashtag #pinp18.
  • Follow the hashtag and enjoy what others are creating.

You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram – or Sean on Twitter and newly on Instagram. Follow the poetic shenanigans across social media on #pinp18. For the full run down see the press release below.

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates over February.

pinp18 PRESS RELEASE final

* Actually cutting it fine this year after a tech mishap ‘lost’ the draft of the press release.


#pinpsaturday 22.04.17

Prompt: two of pentacles


Life, frozen between

    two hands.

My yo-yo heart,



as I tip-toe through

    an eternal


waiting, for the

    ice age

    to end.

#pinpsaturday 18.03.17


I wove a cocoon of exile

Tensile silks of sadness

Lost in disappearing

Neptune’s daughter drowning

within herself 

Until I walked your fields

Unraveled myself in your arms

Followed your star

As you ignited my light

Neptune’s daughter now


This week’s prompt:The Star. Next week’s prompt: 9 of Pentacles.

#pinpsaturday #1


The black space within

is no longer a vacuum

since I learned to love me,


Reborn as a wild vortex 

of infinite and perpetual


and me rising as

the creative provocateur.

This week’s prompt: The Magician. I’ve chosen The Magician from the Mary-El deck. 

#pinp17 update

Please note the full gallery of #pinp17 images is on its way. I was struck down with a rotten head cold this week and have been too sick to leave the house to get the cards scanned. Thank you for your patience.