The Poem Store

Walking out of Moscone Center in San Francisco, our group happened upon Zach Houston’s Poem Store.

Zach sits outside with an old typewriter and pumps out poems on ripped scraps of paper. He simply asks what you want your poem to be about and you pay him what you wish. I had no cash, so I borrowed three dollars, including a $2 bill from Ira Serkes and polled the group for what I should ask him to write about. Ginger Wilcox suggested, “Love.” That’s one of my favorite topics, so that’s what we went with.

I was going to just type in the poem he wrote for me, but you really can’t get a feel for the poems he writes without seeing them. So here it is. Thanks, Zach.


5 responses to “The Poem Store

  1. Just one of the many reasons I love living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Was really impressed that he set up his Web 0.0 Social Networking booth outside the Web 2.0 meeting at Moscone Center.

    Mc Sorley’s Old Ale House at 7th Street near Cooper Union has a motto “We were here before you were born”

    Web 0.0’s motto? “We were here before Al Gore was born”


  2. How beautiful! Made me think of the movie “Before sunrise” from 1995.

    In the movie, there is a man on a boat that asks the couple passing by to write them a poem for some money and to choose a subject. They say “Milkshake” and the poet gives them “Delusion Angel”. The poem is actually famous, but they don’t reveal that in the movie.

    You can read about it here:

  3. wow, i love this….i want to do it….i wish i were that comfortable you know…my family would have me committed for sure

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