Diminutive Poetry, Big Statement

Poems For AllI love tiny things, so when John Reinhart first handed me a 1×1 inch copy of  Deadly Pencil Wounds and other Poetic Mishaps, I fell in love. Unlike the DIY pocketbooks he also introduced me to, these were something from a press.

I love the idea of poetry being interwoven with day-to-day existence. Why do we sometimes think we have to go someplace to be culturally enriched? Why can’t daily existence be enriching on its mundane own? It can, if we let creative endeavors spill out of the galleries and open mic venues and on to the streets.

The Poems-For-All Project is about poetry spreading everywhere—“Scattered like seeds.” PFAs are small enough to slip into a coin return, left in a tip jar (with a tip!) or mailed in a card. They travel easily, hide out in pockets and get lost and found. They are poems that move and interact rather than stay locked on a shelf to decline.

Perhaps if culture and art could permeate our homogeneous, well-edited existence in a real, free way like PFAs, our minds could expand and be permeated with free-thinking. Close minded issues surrounding race, religion and sexuality may just drop between the cracks, replaced by tiny works of creativity. Changing lives, and minds, inch by printed inch. Visit the Poems-For-All Project here and consider submitting your own poems to go free as PFAs.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

A former news journalist, Angela Yuriko Smith retired to write fiction. Her prose and poetry have been published in several print and online publications. She has nearly 20 books which include dark and speculative fiction for YA and adults, books for children and two collections of poetry. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” has been nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. When not writing, she teaches creative writing at Northwest Florida State College.
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