This is a real thing.
This sweet man, named Bill, works on the Pearl Street mall in Boulder. His profession? Poet by hire, of course. For a donation of your choice, you can give Bill a word or idea and he’ll carefully hunt and peck on his tiny typewriter until he’s got something worthy of reading.
Of course, before the reading he will take a digital photo of the poem (“for the children”), light a cigarette, and throw back his hair and shoulders. He will the recite his work to great applause.
(Fine. There were two of us, but he got 100% support from this crowd.)
If you see Bill, say hi. His poetry is rambling, and you may need to stand a few feet away from him to avoid the smell of his other favorite hobby — but it is worth the time. He’s an old hippie and a sweetheart just looking to express himself.
I’d share the poem I commissioned, but it wouldn’t do the experience justice. Instead, add Bill to the offbeat tourism list next time you’re in Colorado.