About

Originally Posted: March 24th, 2011
Updated: July 5th, 2020

History

Typewriter Poetry started as a hobby in 2011. It morphed into a traveling art project, & eventually became an online shop. (read more)

Have You Received A Typewriter Poem?

We’ve got some catching up to do!

It’s been a fun trip re-meeting everyone, again. I hope you’ll reach out with your story and a picture of your poem, or even a picture of yourself! [email protected]

Manifesto (2014)

This was the year music
was revealed to me. I don’t

know if it’s possible
to live off Free Poetry.

What kind of year can leave you hallow? (The kind without your own bed.)

You accept what this path leads to, what it consists of. You have forgotten what ennui feels like. But there is also your mother asking in a reverent whisper if you are homeless. With little to no steady employment nor living space, there’s room for obsession in your veins: Reality, Reality, Life, Art, Capitalism, Reality, Life. There’s room to fall in love with people places times and moments. Over and over again, every day—this is not exaggeration. Your bones shiver smiles. It comes easy, connecting with strangers. It is hard retaining friends. You receive the good will you give away. There is sleeping in train stations and people maliciously kicking you awake. There is restructuring narrative. There is sleeping in train stations and stumbling upon this year’s newest technology in Experimental Alarm Clocks.

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Original Ethos (2011)

Typewriter Poetry is a transient gift.

With public space as the backdrop to intimate conversation, I dance with people, poetry, and performance art to freely pass along That Which Cannot Be Consumed.

Replacing monetary and literary value with something a little bit…more, the poet (me!) and the stranger (you!) come together in celebration of all that is human, consciousness, and life.

In other words…I type free poems for people using my vintage typewriter.

I sit somewhere public with a cardboard sign (usually recycled from Corrugated Hearts) that reads “free poems.” Inevitably, someone is bold enough to ask for a poem. We talk, exchange stories, and I write them a poem based off our interaction or a subject of their choosing.

Most poems on this website are “orphans,” or poems whose recipients forgot to pick them up. Occasionally you’ll see a picture or scanned copy of a poem, thanks to a thoughtful reader who decided to email me a copy. For the most part, participants keep the one and only version…a symbolic fit for a project such as this.

With that being said. All poems are first drafts, birthed in abandon without literary consequence. I think that is one of the hardest parts about this project: being comfortable showing others “unrevised works,” something we writers have been taught to keep hidden until it is beaten into perfection. It’s a humbling experience, being surrounded by self-doubt and vulnerability as I challenge the self to remain raw, open, honest, and accepting of flaws.

Feel free to browse the poetry archives for daily typewritten poems and prompts.

There is no fee required for a poem—I am of the radical** belief that art, natural resources, and entertainment can and should be without monetary value—so submit a prompt, today!

** In this case, ‘radical’ referring to the original (and less often used) meaning: to the root of things, to the origin.

32 thoughts on “About”

  1. Your work is lovely, it’s nice when you come across a modern poet who’s worthy of the title. I’m envious of your typewriter, I hope to own one for myself someday. Although, if you were to make a mistake, wouldn’t it be frustrating to have to start over? I like that you write your poems in this way, it is somehow more real.

  2. Thanks for the comment on the nostalgia post on my blog! (http://termitewriter.blogspot.com) If I wasn’t pressed for time, I would drag out some of the 60’s and 70’s cards and take pictures of them! I’ll keep that in the back of my mind! Obviously you’re much younger than I am, but cyberspace brings all types of people together. Does anything else on my blog interest you? I’m going to follow you on Twitter. I’m @TermiteWriter

  3. Fantastic and original concept – performance art / automatism poetry / immediate personal interaction with others akin to portrait painting / use of old technology (“old technology becomes art” – Marshall McLuhan)…I’m impressed and inspired…

  4. Valerie Darling

    I have to say that I have never understood poetry. Then, in college I had to dissect one (I chose Among School Children by Yeats) and it was one of the hardest projects I’d ever had to do. But I learned so much and learned to be more patient with poems.

    Now, I come across your blog and your entries and it’s great because it’s so different from everything else that’s out there. I have to just sit and take a breath while reading your poems. I still don’t always understand poetry but I think that it’s part of the charm. So many things are left unsaid and it’s about the emotions behind it.

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I think what you’re doing is absolutely amazing.

    1. Valerie–I hope this reaches you…! It’s taken me such a long time to reply to your comment because–well–I am full of lackluster excuses but none of them matter. (I’m not as active on this blog as I probably should be.)

      Your thoughts completely blew me away. It took me a while to find you and your blog :3 I really wanted to connect with you and say THANK YOU for the kind words you shared more than a year ago. I’m following Indecisively Reckless (perfect title) so hopefully we get a chance to keep up with each other (without a year passing by…!)

      Happy holidays! <3

  5. Wow.. What a Blessing meeting you today at Rittenhouse Square Park. And I purchased a frame for the POEM you wrote for me when I left the park. Hope that interview will serve you well….

    You are an InspiratioN‼

    Keep Shining!
    E.V.

    1. Hi, Yvonne! Such a pleasure hearing from you, again. Have you made it out to the west coast, yet?

      I’m glad to hear the poem now lives in a frame 🙂 And thank you again for encouraging those girls to interview me. I wouldn’t have done it without your powerful presence as an influence.

      Happy holidays! Keep in touch!

  6. This is such a great idea and site! Would you mind if I copied your idea? I’d like to try it in my favorite park. Thanks for all your hard work. I’m sure you’ve made a lot of peoples day. You sure have made mine!

    1. Hi, Dicky! Thanks for your comment, and for reaching out. I’d love if you kept the rest of us updated on your Free Poetry adventures 🙂 Feel free to send me an email with an update if you ever get the chance.

      I’m glad I added a bit of cheer to your day. Enjoy your favorite park for me, and good luck!

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