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!


19 replies
  1. macrush53
    macrush53 says:

    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.

    • Liz Steinglass
      Liz Steinglass says:

      I liked the connection between talking backwards and writing backwards. Yes, that and the hand-trees were very creepy!

  2. katswhiskers
    katswhiskers says:

    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.

  3. Linda Baie
    Linda Baie says:

    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”.

  4. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
    Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    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.”

  5. jama
    jama says:

    Great postcards. I like the hammock one best. Also received a postcard from one of Jone’s students. Look forward to it every April.

    • Liz Steinglass
      Liz Steinglass says:

      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.

  6. readingtothecore
    readingtothecore says:

    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.


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