Ben is creating poetry
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patrons

$6
per pome
Have you ever tried to sell a poem on Craigslist? That's the question asked by a fun article in The Atlantic—and it made me want to poke somewhat at the idea of poetry-as-product.  Imagine: "Hey, pick me up a dozen eggs and two poems while you're out."  Rather than think of poetry as a write it, print it, publish it affair, I want to play with it as an object of transaction:  hand over your dollar, scan the barcode, and bleep, bleep, that pome is yours.  (That's also why I am doing this as a per pome thing rather than a per month thing. I'll probably do one or two a month.)

Am I good at it? I dunno. Does it matter? My poetry is concerned with sentience, drones, neanderthals, quotidian trash, surveillance, sonnets, and capitalism—and only half of that intentionally. I feel like poets write the same pome over and over, never getting it quite right, always trying to say the thing just a little more clearly... and mine keeps turning out as post-post-modern, singularity-obsessed sardonic verse in a detached, high register. Not that I won't write anything if you ask, provided it's okay if it turns out like that. Spoiler alert:  it probably will.

One other thing. I say "pome" for the thing poets do, because it's a way of playing with language—a poem is verse, yeah, but a pome is like a funny little spell.  It keeps me thinking that we're doing something with words that words aren't meant to do.  A pome is a way to articulate the inarticulable.  ♫
Tiers
Pledge $1 per pome
$1 or more per pome 3 patrons
Thank you! You get to tell your friends you support poetry. We did it!
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$3 or more per pome 1 patron
Thank you! This makes you the sort of person who thinks $3 is a fair price for a pome.   
Pledge $10 per pome
$10 or more per pome 0 patrons
Thank you! I just wanted a tier that says $10. 
Goals
$6 of $100 per pome
At $100, I'll type some of these pomes on an old typewriter and list them on Craigslist or Ebay.  For research.
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Have you ever tried to sell a poem on Craigslist? That's the question asked by a fun article in The Atlantic—and it made me want to poke somewhat at the idea of poetry-as-product.  Imagine: "Hey, pick me up a dozen eggs and two poems while you're out."  Rather than think of poetry as a write it, print it, publish it affair, I want to play with it as an object of transaction:  hand over your dollar, scan the barcode, and bleep, bleep, that pome is yours.  (That's also why I am doing this as a per pome thing rather than a per month thing. I'll probably do one or two a month.)

Am I good at it? I dunno. Does it matter? My poetry is concerned with sentience, drones, neanderthals, quotidian trash, surveillance, sonnets, and capitalism—and only half of that intentionally. I feel like poets write the same pome over and over, never getting it quite right, always trying to say the thing just a little more clearly... and mine keeps turning out as post-post-modern, singularity-obsessed sardonic verse in a detached, high register. Not that I won't write anything if you ask, provided it's okay if it turns out like that. Spoiler alert:  it probably will.

One other thing. I say "pome" for the thing poets do, because it's a way of playing with language—a poem is verse, yeah, but a pome is like a funny little spell.  It keeps me thinking that we're doing something with words that words aren't meant to do.  A pome is a way to articulate the inarticulable.  ♫

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Pledge $1 per pome
$1 or more per pome 3 patrons
Thank you! You get to tell your friends you support poetry. We did it!
Pledge $3 per pome
$3 or more per pome 1 patron
Thank you! This makes you the sort of person who thinks $3 is a fair price for a pome.   
Pledge $10 per pome
$10 or more per pome 0 patrons
Thank you! I just wanted a tier that says $10.