Blog January 16, 2008

Bespoke poetry

Matt Moore leads a hidden life..

A few times a month, I stand up and do performance poetry in various pubs & cafes around Sydney. Sometimes the punters love it. Sometimes you could hear a pin drop in the pained silence. Thems the breaks. I’ve been doing this for a year and I’d like to broaden my horizons.

and he is making a generous offer to his readers

Would you like a poem written for you?
Yes. You.

Matt is offering to write an original poem for anyone who reads his blog…he has a some suggestions for getting you thinking about topics and contents and then comes the catch.

Well, here’s where it gets interesting. I had thought of charging for this service but I’m not skint at the moment and I’m more interested in fostering creativity in others than tangling with the taxman. So you have to think of something to give me that you perceive as being of equal value to the poem. But what that is exactly is up to you. This is an exchange of gifts. A potlatch

So I think that’s a wonderful idea and I’m signing up … and now I’m wondering about how to brief an artist who has never met me to write an original work of art about a topic I can pluck from nowhere…not to mention what I might offer in return. How exciting!

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  • Matt Moore January 17, 2008 at 3:19 am

    I’ve been working on some ideas to help with the briefing process that I think you’ll like. In terms of topic, focus on where your passion is at the moment. What gets fired up? Because I’ll be drawing on that in the writing process…

  • annette January 17, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I’m already thinking…thinking…