I’ll be live at the Wine Maker’s Boutique on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The appearance is part of the Valentine Art & Wine Boutique pop-up shop, presentedÂ by the Coastal Arts Guild of CT.
While you are there, you can sample wine, chocolate and shop local artists including jewelry, paintings, cards, original handmade gifts and more.
Demand “Love” Poetry is custom love poetry, written on the spot, from the topic you provide. I present the poem to you in a greeting card format that is also suitable for framing.
Because of time constraints: a limited number of poems will be available. If you would like to RSVP a slot for the event, please contact me here.
Cost will be $20 per poem, a reduced rate for event.
AÂ portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport
Demand Love Poetry
in conjunction with
“Valentine Art & Wine Boutique”
Saturday, February 13, 2016
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Wine Maker’s Boutique
Stationhouse Square (across the street from the Stratford Metro North Station)
2505 Main Street, Stratford.
Show Entrance: free … Read on…Demand Love Poetry Live
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I started writing Demand Poetry because there was something missing in my connection with readers.
Not all writers are solitary introverts in their garrets.
It’s hard to predict just exactly what a reader wants. I know most editors would say: it’s not a good idea to let the reader dictate to the writer!
I don’t take dictation when I write a Demand Poem.
I just listen to the person who has asked for a poem.
I meet them in the place they have arrived that day. Where they are curious. Where they find themselves with something to say to someone they love, yet areÂ not quite satisfied with the way they have said it themselves.
Because though we still have access to wonderful love songs, we are losing ourÂ love letters.
We are very busy writingÂ status updates and tweets and posts and texts.
So that’s what I am offering when I say:
Would you like a poem?Â
It’s the chance to co-write a love letter.
It isn’t meant to be pretentious or frightening or strange.
It’s just my way of saying:
Hey. I know you have things you want to say.
I know you’d like to tell someone how remarkable they are.
I know how to help you with that.
It’s Ok to say: Yeah sure. I’ll have a poem.
I will be reading live with some other awesome poets at Artists & Artisans in Paradise, August 24, 11 a.m. and creating Demand Poetry from 11:10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Paradise Green, Stratford. See you there. Limited poems so come early! … Read on…Why I Write Demand Poetry
Do people squeal when you tell them what you do?
I didn’t realize that people would SQUEALÂ when I told them about my business: Demand Poetry.
(Well, men do tend to “guy-squeal,” which is more like: “Ahhhh-AH! COOL!”)
They DO! It’s true! It has happened on the playground, at the gym, at church, at the grocery store.Â All over.
Demand Poetry (apparently) causes thrills, and chills.
I think I know why. Three reasons
First, Demand Poetry causes thrills because it is it is actually analog.
Let’s face it: we all love the IDEA of analog everything at the moment.
We are so tuned in and turned on, we practically vibrate. Our fabulous 960-megapixel Brilliant Phones are being used for everything, including to create photos that look like they were taken from those old, black plastic rectangular torture devices we had in 5th grade, with disposableÂ cube flash.
So just mentioning a typewriter — particularly to folks just a few years younger than me, in that ‘just-missed-it’ generation– and you get, a reaction. Thrills.Â
Demand Poetry is real analog. It’s not created on an iPhone, via Twitter chat. It’s not faux, with a font-that-looks-messy.
It’s real-world analog. And that’s thrillingly imperfect. It’s immediate, and smudgey, and, achingly human.
Not to mention, it’s//Poetry. Â To Tweepsters //Poetry says// Enough. Â Enough with Blu-Ray,//DVD, Betamax backwards unspooling of//My life.
We’re Â a short & sweet people. Yet the secret to writing good poetry remains elusive to most of the 140-character generation. Â The appeal, however, is baldy obvious.
The Cool Deep Down
But it isn’t the just the analog thrill, or the brevity that makes Demand Poetry so meaningful: it’s the chills.
It’s the chills that really make people squeal. Nervous titters from the “oh, don’t I know it, but can’t say it” part of deep down.
The process of Demand Poetry is deeply personal. It’s a way for you to tell a story — your own, one-on-one,Â perfectly broken love story — through your own, personal muse.
And it can be any kind of love story: mothers, wives, daughters, friends. Yourself.
The end effect between you, the poet (me), and the recipient is much like the connection between the type bar, the ribbon, and the paper.
It’s real, physical contact that hits its mark.
Not everyone who gets turned on by Demand Poetry goes through with it.
Following the squeals, the thrills and the chills is the realization that Demand Poetry isn’t just a pretty gift to hang on the wall.
It’s a beautiful, brave intersection between you and that person you love.
And, sure: not everyoneÂ is quite ready to put that on paper.
Yet, it’s a story you don’t want to miss telling. So why wait for something as tiny as courage?