I 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.