93º ~ cloudy skies but enough sun getting through to make the heat that much worse, small breezes, thirsty dirt
Last night, I was fortunate enough to be the featured reader in the William F. Laman Library Meet the Author Series, and I had a great time. Many, many thanks to all of the wonderful folks who came out in 103º temps (yes, we had A/C inside) to attend. Thanks also to the great people at the library. They have a wonderful lecture hall and a beautiful building in general, which is staffed by awesome and friendly people.
As promised, I'm here today to reveal what exactly it was that I gave away to audience members. I call them Poetry Trading Cards.
I had a damaged copy of Blood Almanac, which started the whole project. I clipped out the short poems from the book and made collages. (The card stock is 4.5" x 6.5".) Realizing that I might be a few cards short and wanting to highlight some newer poems as well, I printed out some newer work on cotton bond paper (I knew that old resume paper would come in handy some day) and clipped those out as well. On the back of each card, I glued a little notice of my blog title and address and hand wrote any publication information that went with each poem.
I made 31 cards and gave away 24. Guesstimates on audience numbers ranged from 25 - 35, which thrilled me. Many folks stayed after to buy a copy of Blood Almanac (thank you!) or to just say hello and make a comment or two about the poems. However, there were people in the audience who were strangers to me who didn't stay around. Those are the people I wonder about the most. I don't worry about them so much as I am curious about who they are and what brought them to the reading.
Of course, this project gives me a new direction in my collage obsession. I'm hoping to make more cards and stockpile a bunch to take with me to AWP in February. You, too, could become a collector of Poetry Trading Cards, and I think I'll include bubble gum the next time around, for the sake of baseball.
Coming soon: video clips of several poems from last night.