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Poetry in motion: Guerilla' movement sprinkles words of wisdom

It's a curiosity that links the secret society directly with the Internet, where the community began nearly two years ago on a blog.

One administrator said that the group of poets, editors and friends had toyed with the idea of a subversive distribution of what are called broadsides, or small cards, for years.

But, it took a three-day binge of blog postings to create the GPP.

He said administrators remain anonymous because the idea of the GPP is to put the names of poets out into the world without having the focus be on "who's in charge" of the organization.

He said the organization has grown from being regionally based, to international by employing what he calls a guerilla marketing strategy that serves to bring the poetry of the underground and small presses to a mainstream audience.

That marketing strategy is simple. Let people join the GPP and stuff thousands of broadsides into target books in libraries and bookstores throughout the world.

"We feel that a much larger poetry reading audience is out there. It's just been either ignorant of, or denied access to, the work being produced today," said the administrator.

"Maybe it's just never occurred to many readers that poems were being written, in a readily accessible language, about things that just might be relevant to their own daily struggles here in the early 21st century. Our hope is that a GPP broadside opens a door to the poetry being produced today."

The group also combines the classic and basic broadside with the new media of Internet social networking. Here's how it works:

Administrators at the GPP ask for submissions of short poems from poets, many of them West Coast dwellers who have full-time jobs but publish poetry in a number of reputable journals and in small presses.

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