Recently I've been so immersed in designing and working with patterns, colour and photography, that I'd almost forgotten how much I love poetry.
And although I've not been writing poetry recently, words are still my poison.
I note down phrases and quotes and combinations of words that I love when I see them (yesterday I got 'faux-blithe, febrile days' - YES!), and I remember my 100 days of haiku project with fondness, yet there's been a poetic dearth this year due to other commitments.
But then a few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail (after a clever ploy to get my address) and when I opened the package, I knew instantly that I'd been 'zined' by the fabulous Zine Squad.
I was moved beyond words when I discovered the brightly coloured, hand-bound and completely hand-made and decorated bounty inside - The Modern Poet Zine - made especially for me.
I know just how much work and love pours into a handmade work of art like this, so the fact that it was conceived and created in secret on my behalf made me feel super-special indeed. To have it to keep and treasure forever is priceless.
I also remember the thrill of taking part in a secret-zine project of my own with the group. How much fun! How time flies!
I'm not sharing all the pages, because I'm keeping some just for myself (hint: for the zine-curious the artists themselves have shared the pages on their own sites and on social - links above).
Some more of my favourite quotes from inside include:
"Words tumble out of me like flowers or gifts"
"My dreams are like the ocean - deep and beautiful"
"I have to remind myself to think of the quiet"
I love the combination of different styles of art and of writing; the bright colours and the reminiscences of the sea and the ode to the moon in the symbols on the cover.
I love the abstract art as colours morph into each other and the tactile element of different layers on the page.
I love the cut-out hearts and references to sewing and to love itself - the great poetic topic of life.
Above all, I love that this guerrilla act in the name of art has me reaching for my own art journal, also sadly neglected this year.
The back page is the best motivation: 'It's a test. Leap.' I'm leaping!
Thank you, thank you, thank you again to the fabulous Zine Squad for my Modern Poet Zine.
Who'll be next I wonder?