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The Poem Store at Johanssen Projects

February 11, 2009


Zach Houston is a rad guy with a rad idea, and I am stoked for him! You may have seen him around- the guy with the typewriter bestowing made-to-order poetry as if it were flowers or candy. But Zach’s poetry shouldn’t be associated with such fluff- the guy actually sits and thinks and creates rather impressive stuff. It’s the thought that counts, and he’s quite a unique and talented thinker.

Well the dude has kept on thinking, typing, and spreading the joy, and it looks like now the Poem Store will get a brick-and-mortar space all its own! This coming Saturday, yep- the 14th, at Oakland’s rad Johanssen Projects from 1-3. If pretty words aren’t your forte, take your sweetheart and have a custom poem made for him or her. Your topic. Your price. Better than flowers or candy.

A few months back I mentioned coming across his little table and endearing handwritten sign at the Treasure Island fest, where I was lucky enough to get my own little piece of Houston magic for $1 and my friend was able to barter with a granola bar. The poem is about San Francisco, and Sutro Tower, and it’s beautiful. I’ve kept it proudly on display, tucked into the frame of an art piece, ever since. Zach- if you read this, thanks again and congrats on the success! I admire what you do- and hope many people to come can experience the small joys you’re able to bestow.

Just to reiterate, way better than flowers or candy.

related:
Zach Houston’s Work at the JP’s Collapsitalism Show (just saw this- definitely needed more time to analyze it all! check it out)
Paper, Plastic, or Poetry?
people, places, things

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2009 8:47 am

    valentines day to you maristhanks for the what not plugmust be electricity and maybeeven spring no may thats somemore summer in early ring around late winter and whats a calm moment comment among friends between thelines of future soon seeing youzhouston

  2. February 12, 2009 8:47 am

    valentines day to you maristhanks for the what not plugmust be electricity and maybeeven spring no may thats somemore summer in early ring around late winter and whats a calm moment comment among friends between thelines of future soon seeing youzhouston

  3. February 13, 2009 9:07 pm

    mare bear, went gallivanting through the flckr set… so awesome!

  4. February 13, 2009 9:07 pm

    mare bear, went gallivanting through the flckr set… so awesome!

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