Bellingham’s Poem Store

June 21, 2014

Poem Store, Bellingham Farmers Market

Hard to beat Erica Reed’s post on Facebook, so here it is:

We started almost a year ago. We began with nervous fingers, one typewriter named Penney, a jar for flowers, and not enough spatial awareness to safely fit coffee cups beside typewriters. We’ve been typing all year. From summer sun, to fall leaves in our keys, through stiff winter fingers and chattering teeth, all the way through the spring rains, we’ve been so happy to write. (Almost) every weekend, we lug our typewriters down to the Bellingham Farmers Market, and wait for people to ask us for poems. We will write about anything. Just ask. We’ve gotten requests for garden poems, Bellingham poems, poems about robot sex, secret fears, capitalism, god, bells, and so so many love poems. We have given away our words, and been awe struck at the words we’ve gotten in return. You’ve made us cry (not easy to do, lemme tell ya) and you’ve reminded us that this thing we’ve chosen to do with our lives, this being poets thing, it’s not too shabby. It brings you joy and sometimes tears, and you bring us confirmation in our passion.

Visit the Poem Store between 9:30am and 2pm on Saturdays in front of La Fiamma on Railroad Avenue near the Bellingham Farmers Market.


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