Inverted Syntax presents The Art of the Postcard. It’s a postcard writing series that will feature scanned images of the front and back of postcards that our readers send to us (See our Issue 1). Letter writing, like postcard writing, is a lost art, one that’s been dwindling in the last several decades and has been replaced by the expediency and convenience of email, text, and social media messengers. At Inverted Syntax we’d like to change that. We are especially inspired by poet Charles Simic who once wrote
“If there was such a book [an anthology of the best of postcard writing], I’m sure it would contain hundreds of anonymous masterpieces of this minimalist art, since unlike letters, cards require a verbal concision that can rise to high level of eloquence: brief and heart-breaking glimpses into someone’s existence, in addition to countless amusing and well-told anecdotes.”
Here’s how it works:
Find/Make a Postcard. Thrift stores or a relative’s basement are great places for interesting cards, or preferably make your own. If you make a card, be sure to check it’s postage before mailing.
Write us about something beautiful, about the personal, the political, the cultural, about what it means to love in this world. Write a poem! And, just because you’re sending it to us doesn’t mean your message must be addressed to us.
Write it as though you are sending it to someone who would never receive it, to an idea, a place, a long-lost friend, about whatever you choose. Just send us your musings from the mundane to the extraordinary.