All copyright © 2003 remains with the authors.
All copyright © 2004 remains with the authors.

Kari Foster

Carpets of carbonised leaves.

Kari Foster
Cergy, Val d'Oise, France
9:27 pm


Library books
get into the house
they flap around
they sit in plain sight
they hide in corners
they hide on the shelves
camouflaged by their cousins who live here.

Once in a while I track them down
and send them packing
back to where they came from.

The first late notice was a list of three escapees.
The second reminder came today:
only two books listed.
Which means that "Jungle Adventure" had been captured in the meantime
but "Under the Microscope" and "Garden Critters" had made
a successful bid for freedom.

Kari Foster
11 pm, 7 April 2004


Poetryetc is a listserv relating to poetry and poetics which provides a forum for poets to debate their critical and creative work. The list has over the years run a number of projects for its members, of which Snapshots has been the most enduring.

Every Wednesday, Poetryetc members were invited to post short poems on any subject or in any form they chose. The idea was to make a poetic collage of instamatic “snaps” of that day that reflected the international membership of the list. The project has generated an astounding number of poems.

The first two runs, of six weeks each, and the first ten weeks of the third run, are archived at Wild Honey Press under Poetryetc Project. The rest - amounting in all to a run of a year - are archived here.

Poetryetc, like its affiliate Salt Publishing (, was founded by Australian poet John Kinsella. Salt is managed by Christopher Hamilton-Emery (, while Poetryetc is owned by Alison Croggon ( Poetryetc is now archived at and anyone interested can join from that url.

To contact the listowner: Alison Croggon

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