“Poetry is a conversation with the world.” Naomi Shihab Nye
Poems2go (P2G) extends poetry’s public arm, reaching people in everyday spaces, attracting them with highly crafted, digestible poems that are easy to tuck in a pocket or share. P2G resides at 27 venues in 11 states, including cafés, bookstores, and libraries. It is a free, quarterly publication comprised of poems printed on loose leaf 4” x 6” paper. Nearly 1,600 poems are consumed monthly. P2G has been found on subway seats and pinned to trees. Poems and articles are also shared on P2G’s website, Twitter, and Facebook. Christine Jones (Founder) and Sarah Lain (Associate Editor) are responsible for its publication, management, development, and distribution; volunteers also support individual venue distributions. P2G is sponsored by Lesley University and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.
Ten poets are featured every three months and multiple copies of their poems are printed on 4″x 6″ loose-leafed paper and distributed to selected cafes and/or bookstores (see Where to Find p2g) available for patrons to peruse and take 2 go.
Poems2go hopes to provide poetry that is a reflection of a poet’s deep listening of the world around him/her, that broadens our perspective as readers to gain a greater understanding of interconnectedness, and a sense of our place in the collective whole.
Christine Jones (founder and editor) is a graduate of Lesley University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She is also a reader for Sugar House Review. Poetry is part of her trinity, along with salt water, and true love. She collaborates with her husband, Michael, a fine arts painter, and they have exhibited in several local and regional museums. They love to swim and surf near their home on Cape Cod. Christine’s most recent poetry can be found in Salamander, Timberline Review, Naugatuck Review, and Cimarron Review. She’s currently working on her first book collection with her mentor, poet Erin Belieu.