Anne Swannell writes, paints, and makes mosaics in Victoria BC, Canada
"A postcard poem becomes personal, to-the-point, shorter and more succinct — and not just because there isn’t much room on a postcard! Brevity happens because, since I’m writing to someone I “know,” even if it’s an imaginary someone, I can take for granted certain things that he or she understands, and therefor I don’t need to spell everything out. Because it’s a postcard, I can assume that either we have some back-ground in common or that we will have some connection in future. I’m now re-writing every poem in my latest ms. before I send it out again to seek a publisher! It doesn’t change the subject matter, it changes the stance, the occasion of utterance ... and that can now become different for each poem. In other words, the speaker of the poem need not always be me per se. Just as the imagined recipient of the postcard can change, so might the imaginary sender, and that’s a revelation, a mind-expander!"