23 January 2011
Upholding a Literary Tradition for the Third Year in a Row: Postcard Poems
Enough imperialistic woe for a moment. I started two years ago by hand drawing and coloring post cards for my friends. I loved getting valentines in elementary. We make "mailboxes" out of white paper bakery bags and adorned them with our names and a myriad of misshapen construction paper hearts. It was the one time of year that a young gay boy like me could put pink on something and not be beaten up for it. I wanted to recapture that feeling from childhood, not the secret pink feeling, but the other feeling, the valentine card adrenaline rush. Each postcard had a poem on the back and was sent in the mail to the people who had signed up to participate.
According to my LiveJournal, I sent out 41 valentines in 2009 and that number jumped to 60 in 2010. I decided to set a goal of 100 this year. I will mail out 100 and attempt to hand out the rest for the locals who want them. I invited 300 people on Facebook, but if I sent that many out by post it would cost me nearly $100 in postage. I love you all, but not that much. So be one of the first 100 to sign up.