About this project
About The Poet Tarot
Two Sylvias Press has designed The Poet Tarot Deck and Guidebook to help writers, artists, or anyone working on an artistic project (or simply living a creative life) explore the nuances of their creative process. The Poet Tarot features 30 well-known poets.
This deck follows the traditional tarot deck with a few variations. The major arcana is made up of poets--Edgar Allan Poe makes a delicious Devil (XV) while Emily Dickinson is an obvious Hermit (IX). E. E. Cummings is a fantastic Fool (0) and William Butler Yeats, a transformational Ending (XIII). We've tweaked the suit cards to represent the stages of the creative process: Muses (Cups), Quills (Wands), Mentors (Swords), and Letterpresses (Coins).
We've also written an 80 page perfect-bound print guidebook, which includes card explanations, layouts, and ideas for using the cards. The Poet Tarot is an excellent tool for writers and artists who are looking for innovative approaches to their creativity, ways to generate new work, and assistance in focusing on long and short term goals.
We sent one Poet Tarot to a Tarot reviewer and here is her insightful and thoughtful review: http://benebellwen.com/2014/03/02/the-poet-tarot-a-divinatory-tool-for-poets-and-writers/
This is one of our favorite excerpts from the review (it is hard to chose which positive points to highlight!): The [Poet Tarot] deck is just beautiful and when you hold it in your hands, you get an incredibly positive, inspirational, and wholly creative energy from the deck, which is why I would recommend every writer and artist to get one for the writing desk.
How You Can Help Us
Two Sylvias Press is a small independent press near Seattle, Washington, and we primarily publish poetry books (print and eBook). We came up with the idea to create a tarot deck that features some of our favorite poets and would serve as a valuable creative tool for both writers and artists. We need assistance to produce and market The Poet Tarot. Your contribution will help us to print the cards (on premium linen stock, 2 3/4 X 4 3/4) and print our 80 page guidebook (5 X 8). We also need funds to market the Poet Tarot online through our website, and we hope to make The Poet Tarot available in independent bookstores and metaphysical stores.
Risks and challenges
We believe our Poet Tarot Deck is a relatively low-risk project. We have completed and revised (and revised again) our conceptual work for the deck and guidebook. We have also completed an experimental print run of 100 decks and we are delighted with the result. To see if the Poet Tarot has appeal, we marketed the decks at the AWP Conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) held in Seattle at the end of February (2014). There were 13,000 writers of all genres in attendance, and we sold The Poet Tarot at our Two Sylvias Press vendor booth (along with our other poetry publications). The deck sold out and was an immediate hit, being widely Tweeted, Facebooked, and blogged by those who purchased it.
Because we are an established press and have published books and marketed them, we have an understanding of the glitches, delays, and various issues that accompany production and marketing. One of the main challenges for us will be the marketing aspect and getting The Poet Tarot into independent bookstores and metaphysical stores. We are in the process of bringing aboard a marketing intern. The Poet Tarot is a project we have poured ourselves into--from conceptualizing the deck to the beauty of the graphic design to the composition of the detailed guidebook. As poets ourselves, we are personally invested in the deck's success in the same way we are invested in the poems we write. The Poet Tarot is born from our love of the creative arts, our intrigue with mystery and synchronicity, and our admiration for the poets we chose to showcase in the deck.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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