My poems "Putting Up a Music Stand", has been selected for the New Zealand project Poems in the Waiting Room, and printed (alongside others) in 7,000 pamphlets to be distributed across New Zealand this summer.
The aim of the Poems in the Waiting Room project is to provide a free source of well-chosen poetry for; patients waiting for medical appointments, rest home residents waiting for meals, outings or appointments, hospice patients and their families and prison inmates. The poetry cards, A4 sized three-fold cards, feature between eight and ten poems. New editions of the cards are printed and distributed every season.
Poems include those from contemporary poets (especially New Zealand writers), older poems, a haiku, and poems for children. They are selected for readers’ enjoyment and are in no way a vehicle for delivering any social/health messages. The cards may be read and left on site or taken away for sharing or further reading. The original print run of 500 cards in 2008 was limited to Dunedin medical practices.
Over the years the print run has gradually increased as our project spread out from Dunedin. We currently print 7000 cards every season and distribute them throughout the South Island and lower North Island. PitWR(NZ) is planning to continue moving northwards as finances permit. Each seasonal edition is also transcribed into braille and distributed as booklets to members of our sight impaired community.
The Poems in the Waiting Room project currently send new cards, every quarter, to 281 rest homes, 427 medical practices, 8 prisons, 5 hospices, contributing poets, interested individuals, and practices (outside our current area) who request card. PitWR(NZ) relies solely on donations and successful applications to trusts/companies to fund its two costs – postage and printing. Our long-term aim is to secure sponsorship so this service may be offered New Zealand-wide.
For further information please visit the official PitWR(NZ) website: https://waitingroompoems.wordpress.com
My Putting up a Music Stand poem was shortlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014. “There were several poems … that were like the perfect little dances, gavottes, beautifully executed and succinct. ‘Putting Up a Music Stand’ by Richard Aronowitz…” For more information on the jury's decision click on the following link: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/poems
"…The book isn’t a Jason Bourne novel and is slow and internal, but Aronowitz comes off as a plus writer and an even keener observer of single maleness than Warren (Charles Grodin) in The Lonely Guy.…" Read more on The Nutmeg Iluminado's blog