There are only 23 poets who signed up this year. I don't know if it's because of the economy, general busy-ness, or if people have simply lost interest. Whatever the reason, there still are two poets participating in Canada, one in Ireland, one in the U.K., and the rest who come from a dozen states, and, if I count myself, the single entry from New Hampshire, it makes a baker's dozen, plus Washington, DC. I received my first postcard, from CA, on December 20, and they continue to arrive daily!
The year 2014 is the Year of the Horse. This is the card I put together, and sent to the participants:
Here's the haiku, in case it is not readable on your screen:
without even thinking
she whispers "a pony"
I had some difficulty putting together a design I liked, and, more importantly, would reproduce well in print. Here are a few rejected designs:
There were a few other attempts, too horrible to share. You can see I was undecided about the postcard size, too. Nothing seemed to click for me this year.
Maybe next year will be better, but, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep, and for some reason, I don't find sheep to be particularly inspiring. Except maybe these dapper guys from the Big E in 2012:
Since I have a few left over (postcards, not sheep), if you'd like one sent to you, please email me privately with your address dDOTmayrATcomcastDOTnet. I'll send them while supply lasts.
The first Round-Up of the New Year is being held at at I Think in Poems. Have fun and have a great year!