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:
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.
—from Beth in Saratoga Springs
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
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.
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.
—Catherine Swanson, Indiana
POETS VECTORIZE AT READINGS
i am putting together a poetry reading night at the local Borders in Long Island, New York. It will be open mic and everyone will be able to read two poems, of their own or of someone else's and if they need a poem I will have some copies of the Broadsided poems available for them to use at their discretion.
IN OUR INBOX
I have to say, this is the most hopeful and awesome thing I've seen in a while.
ALONG THE US 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.
—Jay, May, 2010
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
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.
—Keith, 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.
—Michael, March, 2010
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.
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."
—Maria, August, 2008
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