I was inspired to read about Lynne Hayes. Her cool idea? A “Take-it-to-the-street-poetry project”. The project prints and distributes booklets of poetry worldwide, without cost, in public places. The theme of her project is “people getting words to people that don’t get words.”
The first round was a huge success with over 700 views on YUDU and over 150 participants who sent their words and art. Submissions came from a diverse group ranging from a young boy age 9, to noted contemporary writers such as John Burroughs, Anatoly Molotkov, Jason Hardung, Puma Perl as well as several writers from One Stop Poetry: Luke Prater, Annie Perconti, Weston Fosdeck and others. Seven poetry volumes were delivered to sites all over the world. People took the words to hospitals, libraries, coffee shops, placed them on cars, in bars, restaurants, on bus benches, motorcycles, and handed them to the homeless.
My short poem, “Possibility”, has been submitted for inclusion in the project’s next effort, due for release in June, 2011. “Possibility” is available for viewing on my site in the Poems section.