I enjoyed participating in the poetry festival. Although I only have received 9 poems so far, I can see the thoughtfulness in them. I will be looking forward to receiving more in the mail. I have been having difficulties with shipments across from the US to Canada and suspect some are hung up there… I wrote haikus as my poetic practise. I tried to make them sound natural, like an overhead dialogue. I also did a few found Haikus, lifting phrases from online advertising. It is amazing to find that rhythm structure in something that we often overlook. I looked forward to creating them each day.
I am a visual artist. To me my art is a visual poem. I hand painted 31 postcards in acrylic. I did those as warm ups to my time in the studio. It also felt like good kismet to release those paintings, and the Haiku into the world. (You can see more of my work here: www.helwigart.com)
I wanted to start a discussion about copyright. I don’t want you to think that this is a criticism in any way, but as a visual artist it is something that I think about. After all, we want to protect artists, writers and their intellectual property.
In the art world the artist owns the copyright of the original work. I appreciate that you are protecting writers by saying we need their permission to read their poems online. However, that is probably true for the artists who are creating original artwork on their postcards.
What complicates this, is that copyright follows the country of origin.
You could argue that if the work is sent out publicly on a postcard it has been published, but that follows for both writers and artists.
A solution to this could be a waiver included as part of the sign up.
I do appreciate that you asked for people to abide to permission requests. It does get people thinking about copyright and who owns the work. It honours the creators of the work.