Kristen L. Ryberg
Second year PoPo enter-thoughts…
After signing up to two groups this year, I am struck by the connective energy our postcards, handwritten or not, carry to both giver and receiver; how even small scale knowing of another through these little glimpses produce real caring for that individual.
Intangible wishes for “no harm” are given form.
In a world of curated time, it is an act of generosity to take time.
Little epistles can move me from “Yo soy no existo”, only I know I exist, to another soul knowing I exist.
Despite electronic communication, my experience is that many people suffer from an unknown-ness on a deeper level.
To this end, I notice the healing potential of PoPo participation.
I am looking forward to Paul Nelson’s workshop “Poetics as Cosmology” as a continuation, not only of the organic process, but as exploration of the link within myself that is also beyond me.
On to process:
Do not get me going on the optional crafting of the image for the card. It happily justifies my interests in photography, collage, drawing and introduced me to fascinating processes like using transparencies Tim Mateer! or encaustic like Lawrence Pevec!
In the spirit of deep play, paper and fabric has been stitched, taped, sketched, sanded, pasted, tea-bags saved, stamped etc..
Every piece of junk-mail has creative potential yowzzz !!
I am learning to let go of my crafted cards, practice generosity, to trust the concentrated spontaneous form, which does not equal quick, but does equal sending out first drafts.
“O.K… truth, ½ the time I work on scrap paper before writing on the card!”
This year I replied to some cards using the first line of the sender’s card to start with, along with ekphrastic journeys.
It forced me to learn an app called Flipsnack https://www.flipsnack.com/ as a way to place my PoPos in an electronic flipbook.
I have found my tribe. It’s enlarged my poetry/art life. In just 2 years, have amassed a collection of powerful art/poem gifts to delight in.
The receiving end feels like love.
Art heals, poetry heals, shopping for vintage cards heals, all of it, and connecting to our Facebook collective keeps a supportive conversation in play. Love when other’s cards are shared.
Remember holding album covers, looking at the art—reading the words as the record played, the synergy of the senses? For me, receiving a PoPo is similar but exceptional in that it is a “one of” and arrives in my mailbox not long after the maker has created it.
Namaste’ and love to everyone in this group and Paul Nelson for engaging us all—-supportively steering the submarine!
We need all paths to peace possible. This is a good one!