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
WHAT THIS PROJECT NEEDS:
This project has accumulated well over a thousand poems and some twenty hours of video. I do not have the basic tools I need to process all this work. A computer will allow me to create and maintain an effective website on which to share all this work, sell products and promote services. It will allow me to create weekly entries on the wonderful life of poetry on the streets. It will also allow me to start producing and sharing video.
Ultimately this project NEEDS to be documented on video. I can not emphasize this enough. The poems that come out of this process are very good, it’s true, but the interactions that occur around the poems are real gold. Most everyday people shed tears of laughter, love, and release. I'm so good at giving voice to their personal sentiments, that many of these poems don't really stand alone, and are not posted, because they reference, and draw their nuance, from the conversation, both spoken and silent, between me and my audience. IT NEEDS TO BE DOCUMENTED.
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.
This project is my heart and soul. Thank you so much for your interest.