Venice, CA-based Nicola Behrman has one amazing story. As she told us, "Over Thanksgiving 2010, visiting my parents in Chicago, I was suffering from a nasty case of lyme disease. Yup. Totally gross! Feeling super low energy and down in the dumps, I reached out to my friends and asked them to send me their favorite poems to cheer me up, and then on a whim, I asked them to write it out by hand and send it to me in the mail in California. After I sent the request I felt a little stupid to be hones, but by the time I had returned home the following week (in this insane fast-paced 21st century world where most of us can't find the time to respond to our emails) there were three poems waiting for me on my doorstep.
"In the weeks that followed poem after poem in stamped addressed envelopes started landing in my mailbox. They were beautiful poems, poignant poems, hilarious poems arrived on postcards, handmade pieces of paper, and even one on the back of a CBS writer’s contract. Every single one a favorite to someone on the planet, and most I had never read before. And then an even crazier thing happened, I received a poem from a lady called Faye Moskowitz, who I had never heard of nor met. Honestly, my world broke open that day. Then it happened again and again. I continued to receive poems from people I didn't know, people who had taken the time to write out and share intimate parts of themselves with a complete stranger. So, I put together this "flick-and-tell" book of the poems and the letters that I would cart around and show anyone that was interested and it became my most proud possession. I met Janean Lesyk, who is the granddaughter of a postman, a poetess herself (though she hates the word) and a graphic designer, and together we created this website to showcase all the beautiful poems and notes.
"Honestly, I wasn't a big poetry person before - I always found poems a bit scary and off-limits, but now they warm my hearts in ways I would never have imagined and I find myself hearing lines from them at the strangest times, but it's because each one is someone's favorite and there is something deeply special about that."
Janean and Nicola combined their talent to create Poetry Post, an ever-expanding blog of poetry and life inspiration. Be sure to check out Janean's additional website here. Do you have a poem of your own that you'd love to send in? Nicola and Janean would love to hear it! Send it to them here. Take a look at an example of one of the many beautiful poems Nicola received below.