I believe that poems should be out in the world where anyone might encounter them — with plenty of space to breathe.
Even as someone who has always been drawn to poetry, I find myself too often forgetting about it — forgetting that I need it, or that it might help me through something. I have a lot of poetry books, but they need to be opened. I follow a lot of writers on social media, but finding new work requires a lot of absent-minded scrolling.
I think there's something to be said about reading a poem that exists not in a bound book or on an Instagram feed, but on wood, typed in ink, hanging on a wall: permanent and immediate. I think that poetry should be more present in every part of our lives: that so many poems deserve — or require — daily reading to really be understood.
We all need to take moments to read something that speaks to us. We need things that ask us to slow down and remember the weight of words: what they can do for us, and what they can help us through. We all need reminders.
I select works across a broad range of writers and genres in an effort to create those essential reminders for a wide host of people. In doing so, it is also my goal to create a platform for emerging writers so that their work can be seen by more people with as few barriers as possible. I prioritize centering the voices of Black, Indigenous, and queer writers in an ongoing effort to incorporate anti-racism into the fabric of everything I do. On the path to creating a more just society for all, I believe that words and creativity will always propel us forward. The words and creativity selected for this space are meant to do just that.