Spark Postcard Exchange
(originally published in Acorn, Fall 2013)
(originally published in Frogpond, Vol. 36:2 Spring/Summer 2013)
(originally published in Frogpond, Vol. 36:3 Autumn, 2013; Third Place Harold G. Henderson Award)
This month as one more way to celebrate National Poetry Month, I participated in the Spark Postcard Exchange. Amy Souza always comes up with such great ways to inspire art. I made four postcards to send around the country, and soon I should be receiving four from my fellow participants. To make my postcards, I selected four seasonal haiku I had written and added them to photographs I had taken.
I was also lucky enough to receive a post card from Juanita M., one of Jone Mac’s 5th grade students. I think my favorite part is the creepy backwards writing!
Happy National Poetry Month!
I’m creeped out by Juanita’s poem, but I’m smiling about your second haiku. Great postcards, Liz!
I meant to participate this year! Lovely poems. Amy Souza does so much for poetry and art.
This is such a fun event. Glad to have discovered Amy Souza.
Yes, she really is inspirational. Everyone should check out her website and try one of her events.
Love your haiku whole bunches! Juanita’s hand trees and consistent creepiness is fun.
Juanita’s creepy backwards message made me smile…as did your cards. I especially love your smiling hammock.
That first poem is beautiful. I am so glad you caught the creepiness of the backward spelling. Juanita was so proud that she came up with that.
I liked the connection between talking backwards and writing backwards. Yes, that and the hand-trees were very creepy!
I too love the creepy backward spelling – and the fact that she thought of it! What a wonderful definition of creepiness. (I also like the relationship to the smell of old paper.)
Your haiku is lovely – smiles and hearts, and I especially love the snow angels.
Thank you! The snow angels is my favorite too!
Beautiful haiku – and the creepy poem succeeds in sending shivers. Well done!
I just received my postcard via Jone’s students today! What a wonderfully creepy one Juanita wrote! And your haiku are marvelous, Liz. I really love that “slight smile of a hammock”.
What a fun creative postcard exchange. I know you’ll make four folks very happy with your haiku, Liz. I bet you can’t wait to receive yours! I just received my 5th grade post card yesterday and will share next week. Juanita’s poem is terrific– I like the creepy backwards writing, too, and also “It tastes weird like ‘ew’ tasting pie.”
Great postcards. I like the hammock one best. Also received a postcard from one of Jone’s students. Look forward to it every April.
I found it incredibly challenging to photograph that hammock. I had to drag it all over the yard and shoot it from every angle to get something I liked.
I love your postcards. I sense an Etsy shop in the making…
I must admit, I was thinking along those lines… : )
I love your clouds, Liz. I’m reading The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Invented the Language of the Skies by Richard Hamblyn. A long title, but a fascinating story about the man who gave clouds the names we use today.