Poems while you wait
Poems while you wait
I'm a street poet. I sit in public with a typewriter and compose poems for passers-by about anyone or anything.
I'm a street poet. I sit in public with a typewriter and compose poems for passers-by about anyone or anything. Read more
About this project
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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