everyday poetics (postcard series)

everyday poetics is an ongoing postcard series that I started in August 2017. I began this project as a way to keep working, even when my body or other circumstances made it difficult to immerse myself in works that demanded more of me. And now it has simply become a part of my practice. I also started this series as a way of being in touch with others, letting the particular images chosen for each postcardie letter to offer a partial telling. The images, I feel, say as much as what I write on the backs.

There are currently 180 postcards in this everyday poetics series (as of April 7th, 2021). Below are some of the earlier ones.

everyday poetics (hope) – February 24th, 2020
everyday poetics (free roll) – March 13th, 2020
everyday poetics (solace) – February 10th, 2020
everyday poetics (is worth finding) – July 27th, 2019
everyday poetics (found bird drawing) – June 15th, 2019
everyday poetics (building on what is built) – June 1st, 2019
everyday poetics (and so it was) – March 13th, 2019
everyday poetics (“I did my job. At least I made you smile,” he said) – November 2nd, 2018
everyday poetics (crumbs) – October 8th, 2018
everyday poetics (everyday) – September 9th, 2018
everyday poetics (a morning visitation) – April 26th, 2018
everyday poetics (sunset) – March 19th, 2018
everyday poetics (like a bird) – August 20th, 2017

These postcards are printed on an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 printer, on MOAB’s Entrada 100% rag paper.

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With this practice of everyday poetics, I don’t necessarily create a new postcard every day. It’s an everyday, not an every day, project. There might be a stretch of time when no postcard is printed, while on other days there might be multiple moments that I end up working with. What is daily however, is that I try to be open to seeing/sensing moments of everyday poetics.

(November 15th, 2018)

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With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping me mostly inside the apartment, one of the things I thought I could do, is to try and mail out more everyday poetics postcardie letters. I thought that maybe finding a tangible, physical, personal piece of mail in one’s mailbox would be something others might appreciate, especially at this time when we’ve been asked not to gather or to visit with each other.

I have stamps. And thankfully last month I bought a new box of MOAB’s Entrada Rag Paper, so I can keep printing postcards. Well, at least until I run out of printer inks.

Last week I figured out that it takes one stamp to mail out an envelope with three postcards in it. So although in the past my postcardie letters would often be longer, at this time I’m limiting each letter to three postcards. This way, I don’t need to make trips to the post office to get my postcardie letters weighed. I can just drop them in a mailbox, whenever I go out for a short walk (keeping a distance of 6 feet from others, of course).

Today, I’ve started to make envelopes since I ran out of the store bought variety. And I’m remembering how satisfying it is to be making what I need from scratch or with whatever I have on hand. This process I realize is also comforting.

(Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

2 thoughts on “everyday poetics (postcard series)”

    1. Heather, thanks for your lovely note. Those are actually my hands in the photographs. If you send me your mailing address in an email, I’ll send you a handwritten letter on the back of some postcards from this series. Perhaps on some that you don’t see here on my website.

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