The Stow-Away Poetry group is open on Facebook. It’s public, so anyone can join. You can find it by clicking on the link and joining. I’ve sent invitations to everyone who wanted to be included. You can join or leave, as you wish.
Why join? To have fun and read poetry others have written. To share your poetry anonymously with others. To spread the love of poetry. To help people understand that poetry isn’t some complicated, rhyming, long, literature but a way for people to speak their truth. A good poem is simple and strong. It has meaning, maybe a different meaning, for everyone who reads it.
Here’s what I did to get started. I cut a piece of Monsoon Paper (because I make it, I have a lot of it around) into a rectangle with a triangular flap about 7-inches long at the bottom and 3-inches wide on a side.
Next, fold and glue down the flap. Pick a piece of pretty paper and write your poem on it. This poem, which was one I wrote for my poetic medicine class, went through a lot of changes before it felt right.
I tucked the poem into the folder and put it into the menu at a nice restaurant.
The next person who gets the menu will find it. They might read it and do nothing. They may throw it away. They may leave it in the menu. But maybe, just maybe, they will be with someone special and read how important it is to listen to someone completely. That would be wonderful. I’ll never know, and that’s part of Stow-Away Poetry’s joy. You don’t know. You can imagine. And you can write a lot of poems, too.
If you feel inspired, join the Facebook group called Stow-Away Poetry. You can post your poems, show how and where you left your poems, and see what others are doing.
You don’t have to have permission to be a poet. You just have to have to want to tell a truth from your life.
Here’s the Stow-Away Poem, above:
When you deeply listen to me,
the hard-shelled seed that
rolled from my mouth,
Sprouts roots and leaves,
leans into the sun of your hearing
pulls oxygen from the silent room
and grows a branch to hang onto.
© Quinn McDonald, 2016. All rights reserved
—Quinn McDonald believes that poems are important because they are short stories, told carefully, with great courage.