Prompt Against Anxiety #25 | from Siwar Masannat. Masannat is a Jordanian writer and the author of 50 Water Dreams (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2015). Siwar holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Their work has been or will be published in Fence, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion, Black Warrior Review, and Under a Warm Green Linden.
I admit I haven’t been writing lately. In order to ward off the oldnew anxiety, I’ve been doing arts and crafts on Saturdays. So this prompt will be about DIY gifts.
I’ve been creating little postcards to send to friends. I am no visual artist, but I find that I can relax into playing with colors and shapes. I have a set of watercolor pencils and they are a lot of fun. On the back of the postcard, I include a note. I write to say hello, I quote a little poem, or I write a prayer or a joke.
To make your own postcards, you will need copy paper or a drawing pad, paint, cardboard or thick index cards, a ruler, a glue stick, and a pair of scissors or a cutting knife. I use a mat as a cutting surface, but you could use a kitchen cutting board, too. You may want to visit your local art supply store or buy your materials online from Jerry’s Artarama or Blick’s on sale.
According to USPS, a First-Class mail postcard must be:
I find this size constraint quite nice to work with.
You can use whichever kind of art making tool you already have. Or you may want to experiment with collage or photography, or use pages from a coloring book.
Back in the summer I bought some stamps in solidarity with USPS. They have $0.35 First Class postcard stamps with lovely coral reefs on them and I’ve been using those. If your handmade postcard does not meet the dimensions above, USPS will treat it as a letter, so you must then use a regular First Class Forever stamp that costs $0.55.
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POETRY IS FOR THE PEOPLEPrompt #26—Angela Trudell Vasquez
MAIL ARTPrompt #25—Siwar Masannat
VISUAL POSTCARDSPrompt #24—Portia Cobb
A [LONGER-TERM] DEEP LISTENING PROMPTPrompt #23—Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Humor as Medicine for the SoulPrompt #22—Mauricio Kilwein Guevara
Personification: A Social Justice PromptPrompt #21—Derrick Harriell
Ponge ExercisePrompt #20—Tyrone Williams
Occult DocupoesisPrompt #19—Kimberly Alidio
Junk Drawer SongPrompt #18—Hoa Nguyen
TALK TO THE POETSPrompt #17—Stacy Szymaszek
Make-Do Origin Stories & Concrete FuturesPrompt #16—Ching-In Chen
The Family PhotographPrompt #15—Rosa Alcalá
Writing Advice for Your Younger SelfPrompt #14—E.J. Koh
Note(s) to SelfPrompt #13—Stacy Blint
Embracing ConfusionPrompt #12—Bryon Cherry
Writing/Playing the ArchivePrompt #11—Jay Besemer
CAPTURED & FREEDPrompt #10—Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Poetic Exit StrategiesPrompt #9—Ana Božičević
Proyecto ConbífPrompt #8—Erick "CK" Ledesma
TRILOGYPrompt #6—CA Conrad
Utopian CompromisePrompt #7—Paul Druecke
A Series of RoomsPrompt #5—Laura Solomon
Two Variations on N+7Prompt #4—Jenny Gropp
T H E A P A R T / TOGETHERPOEMPrompt #3—Margaret Rozga
An Exercise in WindowsPrompt #2—Marla Sanvick
Erasuring AnxietyPrompt #1—Peter Burzynski
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