Keep your eyes peeled…
Remember when Emma Watson travelled the world hiding books in the streets of New York, Paris and London? Never before have we been so attentive on the morning commute, our eyes darting around the escalators looking for even a hint of a paperback.
Now, there’s another reason to make sure you’re fully caffeinated and awake before the journey as there’s a whole new set of feminist literature to be on the lookout for as a new Instagram account, @feministpoetsociety, has hidden postcards all around London, each with a different feminist poem on the back.
The postcards found so far feature poems from feminist heroes such as Maya Angelou, Ann Drysdale and Jenny Joseph. Written in cursive handwriting, these little cards are not only gorgeous keepsakes, but a welcome reminder of some of the best literature written by women.
The postcards are rare, as there are only 200 hidden around the capital, so if you happen to find one make sure you send a picture of it to @feministpoetsociety by using the hashtag #FeministPoetSociety. Think of it as a secret book club, but with woman-championing poetry instead.
Imagine having the worst day at work - maybe you bombed at an important meeting, or spilt your tea all over your laptop and had to spend hours on the phone to IT - and then finding Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise on the train seat next to you:
“Leaving behind nights of terror and fear / I rise / Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear / I rise.”
We challenge anyone not to be bolstered by finding such a gift.
Leaving poetry around London isn’t going to change the world, or awaken someone to the feminist fight, but it might just make someone’s day. Life can be hard, and it’s little acts of joy like this that make a dreary February afternoon bearable.