Saturday, March 3, 2012

Poems in the wild


A gal needs a project.

All right, this specific gal needs a project.

To play this game I will need:

  • A pack of playing cards (King's Excel Casino Quality High Slip, for those of you playing at home)
  • Some white adhesive labels
  • 52 poems
  • A Twitter account @poemsinthewild
  • To go to bars and cafes (it's a tough life)

The idea, which appeals both to my love of found objects and my love of bars, is this:

  • Each week I'll write a poem on the back of a playing card (hence the white adhesive labels, there isn't much white space on a playing card on its own), along with the @poemsinthewild Twitter name.
  • I'll leave the card somewhere in Melbourne (most likely in an aforementioned bar or cafe).
  • I'll tweet the location (and suit) of the card through @poemsinthewild, and hopefully someone will find it and tweet me. Or maybe they won't, and the poem will end up floating in a gutter outside the State Library.
  • Either way, the following week I'll post the actual poem on this blog, along with the location of the next poetic foundling.
I'm not entirely sure how this idea evolved, I wanted to do something that involved regular poetry-writing, but not daily (because it tends to do my freakin head in). I also really like the idea of sending/leaving something for a random stranger (hence my past flirtations with Bookcrossing and Postcrossing and Swap-Bot). And the whole 52 cards in a pack, 52 weeks in a year thing is kinda neat.

So - the first poem will be released into the wild this Friday 9th March. I'll keep you posted.

ARP

2 comments:

Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said...

Have you started? Has anything been found yet?

Anna said...

I'll release the first one this Friday (must remember!)...I'll post about it on Twitter too :)