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Hello, Absurd World is a book of poems written to strangers: unedited poetic communications. I am fundraising to self-publish the book.
Hello, Absurd World is a book of poems written to strangers: unedited poetic communications. I am fundraising to self-publish the book.
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A year ago, I began writing poems to strangers on the internet.

I would keep a specific person in mind: a blogger, a penpal, a sort-of-lover. Then I'd set a timer for 5 minutes and let the thoughts pour out, unfiltered.

The 5 Minute Poems were sent through email, published immediately on my blog or written in Gchat. They were slices of mind. Internet Intimacy. Poetry as communication.

Some of the people I corresponded with were also living in New York City, but some of them were in Texas, Paris, Melbourne, London. The poems filled the hours at the height of insomnia when my head was stuck in strange frequencies. The year-long experiment amassed enough poems to fill a chapbook.

Instead of traditional publishing methods, I want to do something more organic. I want to get the book into the hands of the readers, friends and strangers who inspired it.

I am using Kickstarter to raise the funds needed to self-publish the book and get it the hands of the people who want to read it.

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    THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT.

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    All of the above, and a personalized, unpublished poem based on a prompt you provide. It will be handwritten, and sent with your book.

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    All of the above, but your personalized poem will be published in the book, along with your name (or a pen name of your choice.)

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