Do It Yourself

I was at the Maker Faire this weekend and my mind was blown.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Maker Faire, start with the concept of a grade school science fair, add a decade or three to the ages of the participants, give them college degrees, and allow them to use all the tools and materials in the shop, not just safety-scissors, tape, and cardstock.  It’s a fantastic weekend of wild creativity untethered to financial concerns or pursuits.  If you ever have the opportunity to go, I strongly suggest you do.  There is something for everyone and you’ll leave with your mind cracked wide open to a million possibilities.  This astounding event goes a long way towards proving the theory that anything is possible.  It just takes someone to go out there and do it, conventional wisdom and monetary interests be damned.

I’m going to share links to some of the vendors and exhibitors over time, but today I’m starting with The Poetry StoreThe Poetry Store is a creation by a delightful woman named Silvi who writes poetry, but packages it in a way that brings it out of dusty old library books and makes it immediate and accessible and wonderful.  In her own words, here is how it works:

1. you want a poem.

2. you carefully select a piece of paper on which your poem will be written.

3. you tell the poet what you want your poem to be about.

in three minutes or less, you will have your poem–as spontaneous as combustion and as original as bergamot and balsamic on your ice cream.

satisfaction is guaranteed.

I don’t know what bergamot is and I’m lactose intolerant, so ice cream is out of the question anyway, but that’s neither here nor there.

Silvi sat in a little chair in front of a tiny table with a non-electric typewriter at her fingertips, ready to create for the masses.  Her poems are staggeringly poignant and sensitive; no limericks or overtly comedic poems here.  They are deceptively touching and as light and delicious as the air wafting from the front door of a bakery.  Intoxicating.

Silvi is a perfect example of how to combine the new with the old; websites and social media in the service of tapping out subtle poetry on decades-old equipment.  How utterly perfect.  She has captured what I’m trying to do here.  Having a publisher reaching all corners of the globe with my work sounds fantastic, but for now, it’s just you and me, here, on my blog and in our inboxes, just because we can.

What ideas do you have rolling around the back of your head that you haven’t tried yet?


2 responses to “Do It Yourself

  1. Excellent. I can’t wait for the first installment. I want to read it now.

  2. Pingback: maker faire 2010. at the poetry store

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