"billimarie #5" by thelittleblackcoffeecup for typewriter poetry

Last week, I got a chance to meet up with The Little Black Coffee Cup. We only knew each other through Twitter, thanks to our mutual philosophy–“substance over stuff,” as she aptly says. We connected over delicious gourmet coffee, then explored the artsy streets of Culver City.

Before we parted ways, I typed a poem for her while she took photographs. She graciously sent back not only the poem, but the pictures.

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She also has a beautiful blog post about our time together:

We picked a spot to sit between her car and a tattered white picket fence. “So I am going to stare at you for 2 minutes,” she said, “this might feel a little awkward.” I asked her if I could take photos while she wrote. She obliged. Hiding behind the lens was a little bit more comfortable for me than just embracing the nakedness of sitting still under someone’s full attention. Besides, the scene was too beautiful not to capture.

I urge you to read the rest of it here. I was going to write my own write-up of the encounter, but she put it together with such perfect, minimalistic eloquence that I don’t think anymore needs to be said.

I really enjoyed how this poem came to be. If I could, I would love to meet a stranger, spend a few hours with them, and create a poem at the end of our time together. In some ways, I enjoy that better than immediate first impressions within the limit of two-minute meetings.

Here is the poem that came out of our interaction:

"Eyes & I's" by billimarie typewriterpoetry for thelittleblackcoffeecup

“Eyes And I’s”

Crows mouthjar melodies
and we abide
our own destinies.

Saucer lens
is a dish. The acts
we react to in front

of an audience. Space shivers
to and fro. Our pigeon
companions. And we

circle vision, ever wondering;
mailmen ticking, waitress
serving.

-billimarie
september 5th 2013


8 Comments

john clinock · September 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

wonderful connection between you both resulting in fabulous pics and poem – such powerful magic…

    b r · September 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Intuitive compliment; thank you, John!

Richard Guest · September 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM

What a great encounter. Both sides of the picture show tenderness and accept the vulnerability of the other. Really lovely.

    b r · September 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Such a fantastic way to think about it. Thank you, Richard!

Ray Sharp · September 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM

wionderful poem and photos. I love that you are posting photos, billimarie, as I imagine your poetry is about more than just the words that result, it’s a process, an interaction, a dialogue, and a sort of performance art. I love how you are engaging others in poetry and artmaking.

    billimarie · September 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Thanks, Ray! I love posting photographs, too. It really adds an extra enhancement that I think you nailed in your description.

    Really appreciate your thoughts…it’s support like this that carries on artistic and meaningful engagement.

Francina2 · September 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM

is so good to read you again, Billimarie! wonderful poem, it’s amazing how you write a poem on the go

groetjes Francina

    billimarie · September 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Thanks for stopping by, Francina!

    I’ve gotten better at writing on the spot by doing Typewriter Poetry for so long 🙂

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