I'm a street poet. I sit in public with a typewriter and compose poems for passers-by about anyone or anything.
WHAT I DO
I sit in public and private settings with a 1917 Corona typewriter and a sign that reads, "Poems about anyone or anything". People come and make their request, and I type a poem for them. I call this process of writing, Poeming. I started poeming ten years ago. It started as a party game, a way to flirt, a way to make people smile. Now its a lifestyle, a passion that has saved me from deep depression and isolation. It is a unique way of sharing love, of providing blessing. It has given me the greatest sense of peace I've known; despite that I've been living in a van and basically homeless the whole time.
I'm very good at empathizing with people and space. So many of these poems dont get posted online because they draw so much nuance form the moment, that you "had to be there" for the beauty of it to be fully felt. If you read it you'd think "What?", while the person it was written for would be in tears. This is why ultimately it has to be Video taped. Please check out my website to get a sense of this work and know how this is true. www.poemswhileyouwait.com
Without writing another poem, I’ve enough material to make no less then ten books of twenty poems each, all of the quality found on my current site, www.poemswhileyouwait.com. Most of the hundred plus poems on that site I would deem book worthy, and keep in mind I have several hundred more to go through. I've not even gone through all the poems from two months of poeming in Portland (summer 2010), or Burning Man 2010, I've gone through little more then half the poems from Paia this past winter and only just cracked the nut on the summer collection from here in Boulder, Plus a bunch more from various places and times. There's a lot of work here.Having a computer, printer and proper book making supplies will give me the ability to create endless quick-books, hand-made chapbooks, and greeting cards. I will also make two hundred stab-and-stitch books of fine paper, cloth, photos, and decorated with love.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 3, 2011.
Sep 24, 2011 - Nov 3, 2011 (40 days)
Pledge $10 or more
Choose twenty poems off my website, or let me pick my favorite twenty, and I will make you a custom quick book of quality paper, with a personalized thank you haiku.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $25 or more
A signed chapbook of twenty poems, hand made and custom selected by you or by me, you can give me a theme to work with in selecting the poems, i.e. romantic, family, friendship, or a more personal theme. Plus a half dozen greeting cards (you can choose the poems and the images form my website, or let me) and a very sincere thank you on my websiteEstimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
A high quality, hand-made, chapbook with fourty poems including one poem about anyone or anything you choose. I will send you the hard copy of this poem, along with a video clip of me typing and reading it in a very interesting setting. Plus one dozen greeting cards made special for you.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $100 or more
I will hand make a stab-and-stitch, hardcover book of sixty poems, including three poems about anyone or anything you choose. I will make this with love especially for you, of quality paper, cloth, and from the heart decoration. Three dozen greeting cards. Plus a dozen video clips of Poems While You Wait every month for three months, some of which will include me and costumers thanking you.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $300 or more
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Same as above, only a book of one hundred poems, including five poems about anyone or anything. Plus every month, for six months,I will send anyone you choose a gift package; this will include a chapbook of twenty poems, a greeting card with personalized poem, and a twenty minute DVD with best of clips including one of me typing and reading their poem in some appropriate setting. Plus I will send you a DVD at the end of the year with all the best of Poems While You WaitEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $450 or more
I will write poems, at any event you choose. After the event I will create a book of all poems written and include photos the folks who requested those poems. If travel expenses exceed one hundred dollars, you will have to pay travel costs.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012