I am pleased to have a poem of mine featured in another anthology published by the Peterborough Poetry Project. The editor of the anthology describes it as “[A]n anthology of postcard poetry (“Post Script”) with postcard poems, essays, and a little history of postcards and postcard poetry in the U.S.”
As soon as I saw the call for submissions, I knew had to submit because I love the idea of postcard poetry. (Getting a postcard in the mail was a very big deal when I was a kid.) The call required each poem be written on a postcard and mailed to the editor. The two poems I wanted to submit were inspired by family photographs, so I used Zazzle to create actual postcards to mail.
I wrote the two poems as companion pieces, which is how I’m sharing them here. “Velma” is the one that appears in the anthology.
Candia, New Hampshire, 1926: Velma
Velma stands wary
newly wed, emigrated
splintered clapboards, reclaimed fields
speak of loss, the story’s end
Candia, New Hampshire, 1926: Ronald
Ronald with prospects
put it on the auction block
when the last great-uncle dies
So, Where Does Poetic License Come In?
While the facts of the family history are accurate, I changed Ronald’s attitude to make for a better story, and I feel guilty.