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Custom Love poetrySo if you’ve been thinking about purchasing custom love poetry for your partner or family member, here’s a chance to do that, in time for Valentine’s Day.

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, presented 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.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport

Details:

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

[caption id="attachment_433" align="alignright" width="300"]Inside the Box by E. Howard at Demand Poetry Come out. Ask for a poem.[/caption]

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 are not quite satisfied with the way they have said it themselves.

Because though we still have access to wonderful love songs, we are losing our love letters.

We are very busy writing status updates and tweets and posts and texts.

So that’s what I am offering when I say:

Would you like a poem? 

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!


Do people squeal when you tell them what you do?

I didn’t realize that people would SQUEAL 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. 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.

Analog, Redux

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 disposable cube flash.Hazards of Demand Poetry by Elizabeth Howard

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

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.

The Condensed

Not to mention, it’s//Poetry.  To Tweepsters //Poetry says// Enough.  Enough with Blu-Ray,//DVD, Betamax backwards unspooling of//My life.

We’re  a short & sweet people. Yet the secret to writing good poetry remains elusive to most of the 140-character generation.  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, perfectly broken love story — through your own, personal muse.

And it can be any kind of love story: mothers, wives, daughters, friends. Yourself.

Demand Poetry by Elizabeth HowardThe 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.

Ready?

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 everyone 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?

Click here, and tell your story.