Silver Lake resident Peleg Top erected a real estate flier dispenser in front of his home and filled it with 30 copies of one of his poems. To his surprise, the poetry box was an instant hit.
“I filled the box on a Saturday, and by Monday they were gone,” Top said.
So for the last three months, the business coach and life mentor has been filling the box weekly with poems, some written by Top, others by his husband, Rick Hoyt, and still others by poet friends. Sometimes, Top said, poems just happen to come into his life.
“I choose poetry that speaks to my heart,” he said. “I like poems that inspire, that make us think and reflect. It’s like putting love into the world for whoever picks it up.”
An emailed poem isn’t quite the same, said Top, who was inspired to spread the printed word after talking with a poetry-loving friend in Bend, Ore., who was doing something similar.