Little books of poetry, scattered like seeds
The Poems-For-All Project began in March 2001 with the publication of The Bells of the Cherokee Ponies by poet and small press publisher d.a. levy. He was a large and influental part of what became known as The Mimeograph Revolution, a bunch of outsiders publishing on their own terms, by any means available. It seemed fitting that he be one of the first poets published in a series with a similar objective — stuff words (poetry) into the cracks and crevices of a barren cultural landscape. These little books, PFAs, are scattered like seeds. That is, they’re given away, left around, thrown about the place for people to find. Free. Always free.
PFAs are novel or novelty. It’s up to you to decide.
We’re proud of every poem stapled between a little cover as part of this project. They come from all over the world, from established poets to people who are writing one for the first time. Every poem added to the Series gets a number. From levy at No. 1, more than 1,000 poems have been published so far. Love poems. Beat poems. Bukowski wanna-be poems. Prose poems. Haiku. Concrete. Nature poems. Manifestos (little ones). Songs. Even art. Graphic novels. Short stories. It has always been a pleasant surprise to discover just what can fit under such tiny covers.
Based in California, Poems-For-All has also taken root in Scotland. We’ve been scattering like seeds little books of poetry for the last several years during the St. Andrews International Poetry Festival (StAnza) and at other events and locations throughout the country. We welcome submissions from poets who would like to be part of our sma buiks, wee poems effort in Scotland.
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About the video: On April 26th, 2012, Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento posted this short film about the Poems-For-All Project to their website. The film was made by Andrew Nixon, Multimedia Producer for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.