About this project
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
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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