Poet Giaco Furino will travel 7000 miles via Amtrak through the month of August, writing a completely new book of poetry and blogging!
I fear that poetry, like the locomotive, is slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past. Poetry in Locomotion is my attempt to reignite a passion in people for both the poem and the train! I'm going on a month long train trip all around the country and the goal is, first and foremost, to write! I will write a brand new book of poems completely made while on this journey around the States.
I'll start in Philadelphia and move on toward Chicago, then over to Seattle, then to Los Angeles and finally to Austin, TX before heading back to Philadelphia. Those aren't the only cities I'll visit. If a town catches my eye as I'm passing through I intend to get off the train and stay a while. I want to meet new people. I want to see parts of the country I've never seen before. And most of all I want to write and experience and soak in this amazing country!!!
Each town I stop in I will interact with the local community. I'll pitch in at the local library, give poetry readings and poetry workshops! Poetry is a thing to be spread around, and I intend to share my joy of verse with much of the country!
Also, I will live blog the whole way. On my personal blog you'll find constant updates, as well as posted poems and even videos I shoot while on the rails!
Thank you so much for looking at this page. If you choose to donate your funds will go toward Amtrak tickets, recording and blogging equipment (most likely an Ipad), and general "on the rails" sustenance. I hope you'll consider this project! Every donation level will get an awesome reward! You guys are the best!
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pledged of $1,000 goal
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May 13, 2011 - Jul 12, 2011 (60 days)
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A postcard from the road! I'll send you a cool postcard from a big city, little town, or somewhere in between! It's better than an email saying: thanks.
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A postcard from the road with a handwritten poem on the back! This poem is a little thank you from me to you!
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A postcard from the road with a poem on it and some little oddity from the road! Maybe a weird pamphlet or a cool old paperback! Who knows!
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A postcard from the road with a poem on it, a little oddity from the road and a T-shirt or hat from the road! Haven't you always wanted a shirt from Anaconda, MT?
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All of the above (poem postcard, little oddity and clothing) PLUS a personalized, hand written poem just for you. I like you, I want to write a poem for you! No one else will see this poem unless you show it to them!
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2 backers Limited (1 of 3 left)
All of the above (poem postcard, little oddity, clothing and a personalized poem) plus a signed, numbered copy of the Chapbook I'll be selling on the road! Plus probably some other cool junk I'll throw in to say "hey, you really helped me out here, friend!"
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Okay, here we go! All the stuff listed above (including the signed and numbered chapbook) PLUS a brand new, completely original one of a kind hand made book of poetry (around 10-15 pages) written on the road and with you in mind!
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And finally, a chance to control my destiny! All of the above (including hand made book and chapbook from the road) PLUS I will personally find a way to your school, house, university, show space, coffee shop, etc whatever and do a reading, artist talk, workshop or a combination of all three! You're seriously awesome!