Where do you post your Broadsided? Here are a few ideas brought to you by Vectors.
Bathroom Stalls (InSTALLations?)
One Vector carries a few Broadsides with her (along with tape) and puts one up each time she's in a public restroom. Why not? It beats uninspired phone numbers and insults. More details here.
You an online picture-sharer? Post your images of your Vectorizing, and tag them #Vectorized. Use Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr.... share!
Evangalists and take-out joints do it... why not Broadsided? Print out a few broadsides and slip them into door jambs around your neighborhood. Or under the mat. Or in that little handy nook between the knob and the jamb. You get the idea.
The Classic Office Door
Who knows what passing fellow-employee or visitor might be arrested, surprised, and delighted to find something non-corporate in the hall?
On an airplane this last week? Bring along a few copies of Broadsided to put into the in-flight magazine. Simple—just slipped them in next to the crossword puzzle or the movie options. Who knows, they might find a poetry-loving traveler or someone who, trapped on a plane for five hours, will read anything.
Doctor/Dentist/DMV Waiting Rooms
Slip a Broadsided into the magazines there, too.
A Vector in Detroit posts his own poems alongside Broadsided each month—we love this idea! The international conversation of Broadsided on local streets. Poetry from people who walk those streets sharing the conversation. Yes.
A low-tech option? Just link to us!
Having trouble finding the perfect, easy spot to post your Broadside? Why not tape it to the inside window of your car? Quick. Easy. Mobile. Vectorize the interstates and byways, the parking garages and meter spots!
One Vector worked out a deal with a cafe owner. She created a laminated frame that hangs in the cafe, and each month, the new Broadsided goes there.
An Alaskan Vector who lives in a town of 300 takes a different tack. She puts a couple of Broadsided publications in the mail each month, sending them to various folks she knows who might be glad to receive literary news.
"I bring them to local libraries and leave them with the free weeklies and real estate brochures in the lobby," writes a Vector in Connecticut.
A Vector in Indiana wrote, "I plan on using Broadsided in the classroom again this term, where students will work in groups to think about where to share Broadsided and why. I've found it is a great way to open a discussion about why literature is important in our daily lives. And the students are really into it."
Our Vector in Berlin writes "I have a show coming up and thought about printing a stack and handing them out at the door, included in the price of admission (don't worry, not adjusting the admission price to compensate, more like a free gift for attending....is that cool with you all? On the one hand, it means increased exposure, on the other, it may go against what I think is the spirit of hanging them up in public places...please advise....)" Is that cool with us? VERY! The spirit of the project is getting words and art out into the world. We're not fixated on tape/tacks on a vertical surface.
WORD ON THE STREET: VECTOR VOICES
Sometimes, people share great stories with us, and we just have to share them. We hope they inspire you to Vectorize and to share the adventures that you stumble into:
I can attest that in my community with the population of 400, nobody hangs up pages of poetry. The closest store to my town is about a 15 minute drive. It's a mom and pop's shop that has been open before I was born... They have a bulletin board in the back of the store with photos of all the neighborhood kids when they were small, including a photo of me at the age of 3. I know that is a good place to post some poetry. So, I have the next couple of days planned out. The public schools in this county are closed Tuesday for Election Day, so I'm going to print out several copies of this month's publication of Broadsided and let my girls help me post them. I'm sure they can think of places that I have overlooked.
San Francisco Bay Area
I am thrilled by the samizdat nature of the distribution my poem will have through this project. That it is outside the commercial world, offered by only the passion and generosity of the Broadsiding "vectors," received by only the accidental openness and curiosity of passersby—this is fantastic, and moving, to me. Thank you.
—Jane Hirshfield, Broadsided March, 2011
In Our Inbox
I have to say, this is the most hopeful and awesome thing I've seen in a while.
Along the Eastern Seaboard
i pledge to vector the poems posted on your website. i work for a circus that travels up and down the east coast of the united states so i'll be able to spread them around a bit. now i'm always looking at things in a new way, wondering if its a good spot to vector. And i feel the human gratification of accomplishing something.
It always goes in the pockets of Amtrak seats when I travel to NYC, my library bulletin board, the Post Office... I like the fact that it is simple, I don't have to go somewhere to fetch it and I don't have to belong to a (virtual) social network to participate.
I see loads of "press" FB sites and publishers and artists collectives and other publishers, but yours is the first one that strikes me as just plain cool in a grass-rootsy sort of way... Keep up the good work.
As much as I love leaving broadsides in public places, I also love handing broadsides directly to people. Poetry encountered and poetry discussed. Some people I know believe they won't be able to understand a poem or appreciate a work of art without having studied art or writing. I think the philosophy of Broadsided goes a long way to change their minds.
Recently, my boss and several of my coworkers were stranded in Paris, London, and Oxford thanks to Eyjafjallajokull's volcanic ash cloud, and (although those are admittedly not the worst places to be stuck) were quite saddened by the thought of waiting days or weeks to return home. While attempting to avoid the travel chaos, one of them sat down in a Parisian cafe and was surprised to see a small piece of paper with a beautiful image and English words on it pinned to a corkboard in the waiting area. She had been Broadsided! The best part: she mentioned that the French cafe owner seemed moderately okay with having an English poem in his establishment. Progress indeed.
—Sonia, April, 2010
We'll definitely be a Vector... I just explained it to my 6 year old and told him we're (Missoula, MT) already Vectored, and he can't believe it. Apparently we're spending this weekend hunting for broadsides. I'll put one up out front too.
I am a volunteer teacher of creative writing at the senior center here, and now I have all of my students Broadsiding too. They love the idea of taking poetry "to the streets."
Ellaraine Lockie, whose poem "The Whipping Woman" was Broadsided in October, 2006, was in Africa at a writer's conference. She brought along copies of the Broadsided publication to share -- and what do you know, a woman there, in the cafe in Nairobi, said that she looked at it every time she used the restroom at work! Someone had Vectorized the mirror above the sink.