Ladies, Gentlemen and Remaining Writers,
In the spirit of the holiday, I was inspired by an idea reminiscent of a bartering system for sharing our art. From a brief comment interlude with Blitzken, I was reminded how much I have an affinity for handwriting. I’ve always been enthralled with how someone’s handwriting seems to coincide with their personality and can convey emotion. I don’t put much credit to handwriting analysis, but I still feel something handwritten speaks much louder than something typed. Then it dawned on me how bittersweet WordPress poetry is, in that it is all simply typewritten. A significant portion of what makes poetry (or poetic blogging) an art form is dismissed through this medium.
So to my followers and fellow poets, I make a proposal: a handwritten poetry exchange. As I like to surround myself with art as best I can, I’d like handwritten poems to frame and tack to the walls of my future first-all-by-myself-living-alone house. This house hasn’t happened yet, but it will. I’ll handwrite any poem of mine and mail it by request, but I am a selfish woman. I’d like one back – one of yours of my choosing. Of course, this would mean the requester is comfortable with sharing mailing information.
This sort of thing is completely uncharacteristic, but the thought of a possible handful of poems and/or blog posts handwritten by the author stamped to my fridge is too tantalizing. Any scrap of paper, writing utensil, or style will do. However the poem is meant to be expressed, express it. Or express yourself by whatever means necessary. I hope some of you (especially certain ones of you – yes, I have favorites and no, I’m not sorry) are interested.