"I'm still getting reactions to the article," said Peleg Top, the Silver Lake resident whose frontyard poetry box charmed readers when The Times profiled him in September. The business coach and life mentor had taken the kind of sidewalk box usually reserved for real estate flliers and filled it with poems, free for the taking, every week.
"In the first few days after the article appeared I was bombarded by poets from around the city, thanking me for spreading beauty around Los Angeles," he said.
Top, who got the idea from a friend in Bend, Ore., said the Times article "inspired others to start their own poetry boxes, from Thousand Oaks to San Diego." Strangers, he said, are sending him poems. "It's so cool."
"I've been surprised to learn how many people love poetry. It's beautiful to see that people want poetry in their lives."