The Gracefully Over-Ambitious
The Machine Project is a little storefront gallery in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. It recently got some national attention for helping to take over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but anyone familiar with the wildly imaginative curators and artists involved with Machine know that the LACMA story was just one of many.
It's a place that encourages "heroic experiments of the gracefully over-ambitious" and to that end, they've enlisted the poet Joshua Beckman to help them get through the holiday season.
Through December, Machine Project Artist-in-Residence Beckman and Machine Project Laureate Anthony McCann will run a "Dial-In Poetry Delivery Service."
Monday through Thursday, from 9pm PST to 10pm PST, interested parties can call 213.448.7668 and hear messrs. Beckman and McCann read their poems aloud especially for the caller, live. For real.
In addition, the two poets will also be offering a door-to-door poetry delivery service on Sunday, December 21st from "sun up to sun down." The poets will take requests on the poetry phone (213.448.7668), and then walk to the requested residence to deliver a poem in person to the poetry loving LA resident.
So if you know anyone on your holiday shopping list this season who lives within one mile of the Machine Project, you now know what to do.
Travis Nichols is the author of two books of poetry: Iowa (2010, Letter Machine Editions) and See Me Improving (2010); and he is the author of two novels: Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (2012) and The More You Ignore Me (2013). He has contributed to The Believer, Paste, The...