poetry to go…

June 22, 2012

The Poetry TakeawayWe’ve talked before about on-the-spot poetry writers who sell their work in parks and markets (here and here, for example). Well, here’s another example, from the UK.

Booking itself as “The world’s first purpose-built mobile poetry emporium,” The Poetry Takeaway “specialises in the production of free, made-to-order poems, delivered and performed to the hungry yet discerning literary consumer within ten minutes or less. Its modelled on your typical burger van and is manned by a rotating cast of the UK’s best poetry chefs who write, perform and deliver a hand-written, carefully boxed, souvenir copy of every customer’s poem (open or wrapped).”

If you happen to be planning a trip to England this summer, stop by and get a free poem. The Poetry Takeaway will be at Poetry Parnassus at Southbank Centre and the Latitude Festival.

on-demand poetry…

April 30, 2012

Zach Houston photo by Ralph Wiedemeier/NPRSome months ago, we posted a story about Holly S. Morrison and other on-the-spot poets. On April 17, NPR ran a story by Cindy Carpien, “A Poem Store Open For Business, In The Open Air,” that introduces Oakland, California, poet Zach Houston and his sidewalk Poem Store, open for business since 2007! Click on the article name to read or listen to the NPR story. (And before you set up shop on a nearby street corner or start busking poems at the farmer’s market, you might check to see whether you need a vendor permit.)
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photo by Ralph Wiedemeier/NPR

poems for sale…

December 7, 2011

Holly Morrison sells poems...and mushroomsWhy not take home a poem along with your mushrooms and farm-fresh greens? Holly S. Morrison will write the poem for you on the spot at the Portland, Maine, farmers market. Here’s the full story from The Poetry Foundation.

Obviously, this isn’t a new idea, though it’s wonderful to know it can thrive even in times of clenched wallets. Here’s a story by Ron Dultz about his experience as a street-corner poet in Berkeley in the 1960s and ‘70s. He also sold his poems door to door!

Here’s a post about a young poet, Robert Samuel Snyderman, who has been pitching poems on the streets of New York for several years.

Silvi Alcivar sells her “custom poetry” through her website, The Poetry Store, in three forms: on-demand, as jewelry and as art. She also sets up shop in cafes around the San Francisco Bay Area and at parties, where she’s hired as part of the entertainment to write poems for guests.

…Now where’s that old typewriter, anyway?
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photo of Holly S. Morrison