This is a real thing.

May 23rd

Boulder Mall Poet

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.

~K

Posted in
Colorado, Community
Follow the comments.

3 Responses

  1. Bucho May 23, 2012

    It takes a village…….we are all characters in the Play of Life……some more stirring the the five senses…..

  2. Bucho May 23, 2012

    Your comment is awaiting moderation……wait….what

  3. Larissa Stretton May 24, 2012

    Kelli!

    I heard about him on NPR about a month ago! That’s sooo cool that you got to meet him and hire him for your very own poem!!

    Larissa

Leave a Comment: