Poetry/video/art project celebrating awesome people. A poetry book that isn't about the writer, it's all about the readers!
I'm a published poet and I am excited about creating a poetry book designed around showcasing and celebrating the readers of the poems instead of the writer. I will be writing a poem about you or for you. This means that you will be an integral part of a poetry book.
I have developed a facebook fanpage, website, twitter account and youtube channel to share and promote this project. If you are interested in being a part of the poetry book you can visit these pages and see the sort of writing style I have. The last link is my pool video channel so check it out if you'd like to take a break from serious project issues and be entertained by some trick shots.
I would like to create a book of poems along with an image of the individual being written about. The vision for the book will be pages with artwork, photoshopped images of each poem celebrity (you), and the option of a simple picture of you next to the poem. Each poem section would also include a short bio of the person or message from them.
The monetary goal is the minimum amount that I believe would give the book a robust enough number of poems. If we find there is a greater interest in having a personal poem published in a book and it can be larger, that will work wonderfully also. The further past the goal we get the better the quality of the book gets and the more readers who enjoy your stories and messages.
These are your poems so you have editor rights of choosing whether you would like rhyming or free verse and the voice and genre of the poem. You may also let me write with only your picture to inspire the words or as much insight into your story, character and message as you would like to supply me.
Poetry As Video Art
I am also creating video art of the poem as an option. This won't be a simple spoken word video. It will be a photo and art "music video" with written and spoken narration. You can have your poem included in the print version while only funding an ebook or video for yourself if you choose to do that. I have tried to include enough publishing options to please everyone.
If you'd like to give the book as a gift to someone special and have me write their poem I can do so, but I would need their permission to include a photo and full name. If you'd like your poem to be a special message to them and a surprise gift I can use just their first name.
The expected date for receiving your rewards is a safe overestimation and I expect to deliver them much earlier. As I finish each poem, video and artwork I will be sharing them with the poem celebrities (you). If you see a style of writing someone else chose that you like more than your choice you can request it for your poem. You can also give me input for revisions and in essence be the editor for your poem.
I am unaware of any poetry books similar to what this book will be so you will be an exciting part of poetic publishing history. There are books out there that group numerous poets together but I haven't seen any which celebrate the readers and share their personalities, images and stories. If this becomes a popular concept you will be an important part of the first edition. If the book is picked up for significant publishing your story will be shared with the world and you will have the opportunity to experience your own 15 minutes of fame as the interesting and passionate subjects of the book.
During the kickstarter funding period I will be keeping you updated on the progress. You can also follow my blog and facebook page as I continue to share poems and thoughts. With a healthy level of collaboration I believe this can be an amazing process with an exciting final product. I wish us a glorious journey through this publishing event. Thank you!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
One of the risks of this project is that more people may fund copies of the book than poems about themselves. In that case I will fill out the book with poems about historical figures and celebrities. Creating art with their images. Those who want copies of the book will of course have a say in who they would like written about.
An opposite risk is an extreme number of people funding their poems. In that happy case, if need be, I will split the project up into 2 books or as many as are needed for each poetry book to be a comfortable size.
A challenge that may be on some minds is the creation of the poems. You may be wondering if I can finish and deliver the poems in a timely manner. To that effect I can tell you that the speed of my writing is exceptionally fast. When writing a poem around a concept or feeling, the lines almost magically float to the surface of my mind. To be completely honest and not at all humble, I do have a natural gift for writing nurtured and practiced over many years. This will be a wonderful project that is not beyond my ability.
I look forward to an honest and transparent process with you as a trusted collaborator and critic.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 10.
Oct 31, 2012 - Dec 10, 2012 (40 days)
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THANK YOU - You glitter with the brilliance of a phalanx of pulsars. You will receive my undying gratitude and your name will be mentioned in the thank you video posted on my websites and channels and pages, oh my.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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EBOOK - Level of generosity: Boss. Your name will be included in the poetry book listed in the league of legendary lives or AKA the mundane term: thank you page. You will also receive a digital copy of the book plus the previous reward (your blazing brilliance is even more intense).Estimated delivery: May 2013
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EBOOK + LETTER - Level of generosity: Celebrity. You will receive the two previous rewards + a snail mail letter with a unique poem handwritten for you. Has anyone ever told you how truly phenomenal you are?Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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COPY OF PRINT BOOK - Level of generosity: Friend. You will receive a signed physical copy of the poetry book. This level is for fans and friends of the wonderful people being written about in the book. note: Can ship internationally, but will need you to please include extra postage for your country's shipping rate from the US.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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POEM + VIDEO - Level of generosity: Rockstar. An artistic video rendition of your poem will be made and shared across the publishing platforms. It can be a celebration of you, your story, or a message to a friend or loved one. Your poem will also be included in the book and you will receive the first two rewards: thank you and e-book. note: Your poem will also be included in the book, but if you'd like a hardcopy of the book choose the next reward level.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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POEM + PRINT BOOK - Level of generosity: Dragon. You will receive a print version of the book with your poem and picture filling a lovely page of the book. Your singular special uniqueness is the pillar of good that props the matrix up. note: Can ship internationally, but will need you to please include extra postage for your country's shipping rate from the US.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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POEM + ARTWORK + PRINT BOOK - Level of generosity: Artist. You will receive the book with your poem included. Your picture will be photoshopped into a fantastic piece of artwork to be included with your poem.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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POEM + 3 COPIES OF BOOK - Level of generosity: Creator. You will receive three copies of the book of poetry with your poem and picture included.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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POEM + 6 COPIES OF BOOK + ARTWORK + your poem in a place of honor as the first poem in the book with a larger two page artwork spread created uniquely to distinguish and proclaim to the world your dominant and extraordinarily special qualities. - Level of generosity: Immeasurable. Note: If this reward level is left bare the first spot in the book will be filled randomly. Someone will have their picture upgraded to artwork and they will be notified that their poem is now superior to others and holds the place of honor.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only