Two-Dollar Poems

A typewriter, a cardboard sign, some note paper, a skateboard to sit on — and you’re in business. Met this fellow at Venice Beach offering on-the-spot poetry. He asked for a topic and about a minute later produced a poem. Definitely worth two dollars. I snapped the top photo with Hipstamatic and added solarization via Dynamic Light, combining results in Photoforge2. Also met a photographer for a another blog  there that day as well. Creativity and art abound = cool stuff.

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Two Dollar Poems, Venice Beach

What do you think? Could you see yourself conducting such an enterprise? Would you support someone doing this? Ever seen this elsewhere? Let us hear from you in the comments.

2 thoughts on “Two-Dollar Poems

  1. Pucker Up Buttercup

    Funny. Just yesterday my dad shared with me an article he’d read about a woman with a poetry store at the Farmer’s Market in LA, who uses an old Hermes typewriter and asks customers to pay only what they think her on-the-spot produced poems are worth. Usually about $5, according to the story.
    Left to my own devices, I drift and meander; but give me a task and a deadline, and I’m focused. I can see myself doing something like this, and think I would rise to the creative challenge. Also, I’m a huge fan of the Courier font and would welcome a chance to use it.

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    1. rsmithing

      I’m right there with ya, Baroness. A deadline makes the task real. I think this may indeed be a trend. Not so long ago I heard a radio story of a guy doing this exact thing with an old typewriter. The fellow I feature here just happened to be my first encounter with the form. Also, the typography here to me is as interesting as the words.

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