1. I would like to ask you about your role in the Guerilla Poetics Project, if I may. Are you one of the originators and if so, how did the idea become reality with a press and a following?
along with 9 others, feverishly came up with an idea of getting poetry
to the masses. It happened over a three day period on a blog, grew
through emails and chats, and eventually sprouted wings in what we
currently call the Guerilla Poetics Project. Most of us have had
similar ideas in the past, be it with chapbooks, leaflets, brochures or
broadsides. But, we had the people, the printer, the money and the
wherewithal to finally realize it. And, so we ran with it. The rest is
2. When I first found a broadside
from the GPP and decided to join I saw the mention that the originators
seek out well-known poets of the small presses. How do you decide who
At first, we wanted to make our lives as easy as
possible. We had no talent for websites or databases (which we've since
fixed in the form of a fellow poet who has that talent) so we had to do
things by hand. We figured if we just invited those who've been
published in the small press before, who've already made a "name" for
themselves, then we don't have to worry too much about logistics and
other things. So, we invited those we already knew. As it grew, we were
able to invite more and more and more. We got more sophisticated
(thanks to said talented poet/programmer) we are now able to open
submissions to all operatives so that we can mayb e find some unknown
writers out there whose work is worthy of being sent around the world
to be found by other unsuspecting readers!
3. Also, now that
I have joined the GPP there has been an allowance for members to submit
poems. What brought about this decision? Has it been a positive result
The decision was actually one that was made early on,
but not implemented due to limitations. Once we got past the first full
year and realized this thing wasn't just a flash in the pan, but had
staying power, and had the ability to invite all who join us to submit,
it was a no-brainer. So far, the reaction has been nothing but
positive. And, I for one am excited at the possibility of finding new
4. What are some interesting, unknown facts about the Guerilla Poetics Project originators?
are young and old. We live in 7 different states and three countries.
We are not all poets. We are poker players and factory workers, we are
cooks and social workers, we are scientists and secretaries. We are
male and female and everything in between.
5. What are some interesting facts about the Guerilla Poetics Project in general?
We've had finds in 38 different countries, in 154 different books by 88 different authors.
What would the Guerilla Poetics originators like to see happen as a
result of these free broadsides being hidden all over the world?
would love to see the love of, and effect from, poetry expanding across
the world. We all feel poetry has a unique and powerful ability to
reach people, but this ability has been lost to TV, internet, mp3s,
magazines, etc. Poetry is also able to appeal to the ADD, instant
gratification, Ritalin-fueled people we have all become. We think it
could help ease psychic and emotional pain better than any other
written or visual art form, and as good as any human comforting. We
hope to find new readers who become passionate poetry lovers, who in
turn pass their love onto others.
Thanks to Justin Barrett for
answering on behalf of the Guerrilla Poetics Project and I hope
everyone will check out the Project by using the link on my sidebar.
Thanks to all my loyal readers and any new ones who have dropped in for reading!