Some believe the simple text of poetry has a fading presence in a world of flashy television and colorful magazines.
For that reason, Michele Corriel created the Paper Towel Poetry dispenser.
Standing 5 feet tall on a leg of its own, a simple paper towel dispenser awaits to dab a taker with poetry after lured by the words, “Poetry Dispenser. Please Take One.”
“People really like having poetry around,” Corriel said. “And it’s also a great outlet for the poets to give their voice to the community.”
One of the 5 dispensers has a permanent home in the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in Bozeman where she fills it once a week with 500 new poems from anyone willing to submit.
It’s a form of public art that is interactive and always changing.
The 8th graders of Headwaters Academy submitted a mass of poetry as a class project and Manhattan High School students get extra credit for submitting their work.
“You never make any money with poetry anyways, so why not just give it away, ” said Corriel. “Poetry is near poverty in the dictionary.”
Sightings of the poetry dispensers include: Montana Festival of the Book, HATCHFest and on the streets of Helena, with hopes of finding permanent homes for all five dispensers someday.
“It’s already taking on a life of its own,” said Corriel.
To submit or to contact the public poetry guru by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.