What This Is
My name is Tristan Bennett. I live and work in New Orleans, a city with plenty of local support for street artists.
fresh poetry is my literature/performance art/business venture. I write custom poetry for passersby, on a topic of their choosing, in exchange for a donation. For the most part this takes place on Frenchmen Street–a drag of bars and music halls in the Marigny–as well as in gallery spaces, museums and by request.
How it Works
I write all of my poems on the sidewalk, on carbon paper and keep a copy. I set up a table and a chair and my typewriter and take requests from the drunk or happy or confused people who stop to talk and find out what I’m doing with a table and a chair and a typewriter on the street at 2 AM.
I end up giving people something close to Lucy’s 5¢ graft of Charlie Brown: a competitively priced therapeutic session and a unique work of literary and performance art.
The poems produced are transcribed here in near full fidelity, with a few minor edits for spelling or to correct any truly horrendous punctuation.
If you have a poem I’ve written, or would like one, or would like to call me a poser, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org