Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

"THERE'S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!"

“THERE’S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!”

Poems that know that they’re poems, or critique poetry, seem to have harnessed a bad reputation, a ball-gag that tastes like filth.

I dig them though.  Poems that are passionate and provoke emotion are good poems, at least in my little corner of subjectivity.  I dig writing that employs strong images, and leaves a taste of itself (whether sour, sweet,…

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Hi! I'm a travelling poet and publisher who makes a living street performing and selling books & zines through Books & Shovels, a traveling bookstore : books

I’m doing an AMA at r/Books on hitchhiking, poetry, and the 21st century.

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Another asshole peddling personal beliefs

Another asshole peddling personal beliefs

Humanity is really fucking up.

And I don’t know what to do about it.  Do you?

The Apathy of our Species

published in Screaming With Brevity

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Poets, come out of your closets

Poets, come out of your closets

passion

“Books & Shovels was not initially a station wagon. It was a frame pack on the back of founder Jeremiah Walton, a 19 year old poet from New Hampshire, U.S.A.. Hitchhiking at the time, Jeremiah operated a small distribution operation, street performing and hitting shows to spread the publications he released through his indie press, Nostrovia! Poetry, and for UndergroundBooks, a New York City…

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10 Horrible Writing Habits

10 Horrible Writing Habits

bad writing habit

10.  Recycling Counter Cultures

I played this game for a long time, and I’m trying to edge off of it.  I wrote Ginsberg-esque poems that were poor imitations.  The Beats have nearly vanished, and yes, they are amazing writers, but their voice is not that of today, their America has withered, it is today, the 21st century we must engage with.

9. Re-creating Dead People’s Sound

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Art, Passion, Digging up the Underground

Art, Passion, Digging up the Underground

On the opposite end of the scale I’ve seen people (I’m sure we all have) stuck in a job they despise. I’ve witnessed how it sucks the life out of you. Leaves you as empty and hollow as an Easter egg. And what good is living in the nice part of town, or driving a fancy car, when you can barely stand the idea of getting up in the morning, or when the thought of arriving at work sends chills of…

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Troop Zero by Cee Williams

Troop Zero by Cee Williams

chocalate bar The saliva was directed towards my cousin so I didn’t cry…like he did the epithet however was meant for the both us black boy scouts selling candy bars in the suburbs.

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One great big traveling poem

When I say be creative, I don’t mean that you should all go and become great painters and great poets.

One great big traveling poem

When I say be creative, I don’t mean that you should all go and become great painters and great poets.

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10 things to live up to as a poet (a Dreamer’s manifesto)

10 things to live up to as a poet (a Dreamer’s manifesto)

A Dreamer’s Manifesto

1.  Carry around something to record ideas with at all times, because a Muse may be sporadic and volatile with her timing.

2.  Vomit.  Drafts take away from the creative process.

3.  Street corners are a venue of performance that you must live up to,

4.  Only charge for print publications.

5.  After a performance, if someone desires your book and can’t afford it, toss them…

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10 things true about writers

10 things true about writers

1)  Caffeine is a needed drug.  No one ever told us we’d be smashing our skulls against the internet, and success meant staying up all night answering emails.

2)  When our book comes out, we still have re-writes we want to make.

3)  We are never sure if the book we just finished is good or not.  We are our own worst critics, and cut deep into our “writer Ego”

4)  People think you are strange.

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While my personal focus as a writer is poetry, as a human, it’s important that passion my focus. Art as a whole. Living life beyond simply waking up in the morning to go to work, more often than not, something hated by the alarm clock’s victim.
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Traveling to promote passionate living

Traveling to promote passionate living

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We’re going to murder apathy <3

Hello poets, artists, and humans. I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the most part, I’m known as the founder of Nostrovia! Poetry, an indie press, and an activist of the poetry community.

I’ve thrown all of my cards into poetry to promote passionate living over making a living. It is important to me that others receive encouragement to chase their dreams, and stand up for…

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Smashing up NYC

Nostrovia! Poetry hit the City for the 2013 Festival with UndergroundBooks, and we’re doing the same this year.  Except this time around, we’ll be more of a mesh between a sunrise and an atom bomb, and Books & Shovels will be debuting. nyc poetry festival

Rogue open mics, beers and poetry, brothels and gypsies, this year’s festival is promising quite the mushroom cloud.

Nostrovia! Poetrywill be performing at The…

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"Why do we read and write poetry?"

“Why do we read and write poetry?”

Dead Poets Society, directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman

We write to promote passionate living.  Why do you write poetry?

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Replace all homophobic statements with your name. “Jeremiah is what is wrong with this country.” “Jeremiah cannot be a good parent.” “Being Jeremiah is a choice.”
How does that feel?

America is an angry toddler. Go rot in a tomb you backward bastard.

-Jeremiah Walton

We want YOU to say "HEY! I AM EXCITED TO BE ALIVE!  I AM NOT AFRAID TO MAKE SACRIFICES TO ACCOMPLISH MY DREAMS!".  

We’re launching Books & Shovels to fight apathy, fight discrimination, to encourage love for oneself and one another. 

We are aiming at all throats of America.

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