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A budding poet joins forces with creative team to produce a stunning book of photos and poems that celebrate mystery, wonder & life.
A budding poet joins forces with creative team to produce a stunning book of photos and poems that celebrate mystery, wonder & life.
A budding poet joins forces with creative team to produce a stunning book of photos and poems that celebrate mystery, wonder & life.
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HELP US BRING THIS BOOK TO LIFE!

A generous team of photographers, designers, and editors have donated their talents to create this book, which has allowed this campaign goal of $7k to be set solely to cover the cost of printing 250 copies of its first edition.

Without your contributions, this project will gather digital dust in various files across our computers. Please don't let this happen (we're allergic to digital dust!). 

Thank you so much for supporting this project. 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE BOOK: 

  • TITLE: Rambles, for poetic wanderers
  • WORDS by Dane Johnson
  • PHOTOS & ART DIRECTION by 11 contributors (listed below)
  • LENGTH: approximately 60 pages 
  • CONTENTS: 27 poems paired with 40 photos 
  • THEMES: love | exploration | curiosity | spirituality | travel 
  • PURPOSE: To celebrate the beautiful worlds within and around us, and inspire readers to do the same. 

THE BACKSTORY: IT BEGAN AT A MONASTERY IN THE DESERT... 

I had not spoken in weeks. It was the spring of 2014 and I had recently traveled to a monastery in the high desert of New Mexico to escape the prose of religion and embrace the pure poetry of spirituality. The brothers and I were in the midst of observing 40 days of silence during the Lenten season when Father Andrew approached me with a Scottish Gaelic dictionary. He opened to a crowded page and motioned to a single word. I followed his finger and saw my name: Dane. My eyes widened with wonder, but it was the word’s definition that caused them to fill with joyful tears. It read: poem. He then pointed up to me and broke his vow of silence to mutter, "That's you! Your name is poem."

THE GUY NAMED POEM, GET TO KNOW HIM

Hi there. I'm Dane Johnson and I'm a freelance writer, musician, and explorer based in Northern California. 

As a freelance writer, I've contributed to companies and causes ranging from education startup to community building to creative agency.

As a lyricist, I've been fortunate enough to write and record three album's worth of music with my band The Music Room

As a poet, my heart and mind work together to interpret the wonders of our world through writing. My favorite themes to write about involve spirituality, mystery, and chasing down curiosity as if living a meaningful life depends on it.

This book means a lot to me. Though definitely not the final chapter, it feels likes the completion of one. 

I would be utterly delighted if you found some delight in them. 

DON'T JUDGE THIS BOOK BY ITS COVER, HAVE A LOOK INSIDE:  

The poems selected for Rambles were written over the course of a 200-day writing challenge, which saw me create nearly 200 poems. After the challenge was over, a small team of writers and editors helped select the most inspired writings. Here are the titles of their selections: 

WHOSE HANDWRITING IS THAT? 

Not mine. All titles throughout the book, as well as the lovely cover title artistry, were hand-lettered by Ali Nelson.

MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS:

This book provided a rallying point for us to collaborate on a project that endorses an ethos of exploration and creativity integral to each one of our lives. We hope it fuels your own drive to create and explore. 

PERKS. PERKS. PERKS.

RAMBLES, FOR POETIC WANDERERS

Be one of only 250 people to own a copy of this first edition of Rambles, a lovely book of photos and poems, approximately 60 pages in length.

A BATCH OF THREE CUSTOM 4x6" POSTCARDS:

A BATCH OF THREE CUSTOM 8x10" PRINTS:

A LOOK AT WHERE THIS STORY BEGAN: 

If you want a closer look at the desert monastery where I first learned that my name means poem, take a look at a short 2-minute video created by my friend Jonathan Joiner and I. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Without your support, this book won't exist in tangible form. What we love about crowd-funding this project is that it allows us to invite you and so many others around the world to collaborate on this project with us. We look forward to celebrating a successful campaign with you :) 

Peace and good,

Dane & an awesome team of creative friends (see CONTRIBUTORS above)

Risks and challenges

Printing: We’ve already brought these photos and poems together into a lovely designed book that we’re anxious to hand over to you. Now, printing them on the finest paper around, and assuring that the book’s look and feel meets every standard of our perfectionism, is our top priority. We want to create something that you’ll be proud to share with your friends and loved ones every time you’re itching to see the world as a little more beautiful.

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    PERSONAL POEM & RAMBLES & CREDIT IN BOOK & POSTCARDS/PRINTS BUNDLE:

    We'll jump on a 15-min call so you can describe what you'd like your poem to be about. You will also have one revision to ensure it's just right.

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    WRITING SERVICES & RAMBLES & CREDIT IN BOOK & POSTCARDS/PRINTS BUNDLE:

    I'll dedicate 5 hrs of writing work to one of your own projects!

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