For many months I found myself writing down snatches of ongoing conversations on a pad of paper. I found this was a great way to jump-start my own poetry-writing.
This little exercise soon became an obsession as little nuggets of gold spilled from the mouths of friends and family, and ended up in my notebook.
I soon realized while jotting down these inklings and phrases, that they tended to come to a quirky conclusion, thus rendering them into “Air Poetry.” Like a vast reservoir of words, these poems have always been available to all of us as an ongoing collective stream-of-consciousness, but not all of us have thought to write them down. You can take phrases from one person or a bunch of people. The ensuing poems can be quite entertaining.
Some are short and pithy. Some are elegant. Some are passionate. Some are funny. They are fragments of life, tidbits of history, contemporary pictographs which can be recorded on paper or digitally.
As I began to explain this new concept to friends and even strangers, I knew I was onto something big as EVERYONE loved the idea. My friend, Connie, even grabbed a pencil and wrote this one that I call “Connie’s Air Poem:”
Connie’s Air Poem
Did you make it?
How in the hell do you walk in those?
You should write that down.
Tape worm from South America.
What about that?
I love food.
I believe the applications of this observational type of poetry could be enormous. Think of it as an exercise in poetry-writing classes for everyone from children to inmates at prisons. Or as a party game.
So I started this website with the thought of sharing my idea with the world so we can all learn how to harness the poems that are hovering in the air like little ring-sized boxes filled with startling gifts.
Please feel free to comment with your own special Air Poetry.