Dial the number 845 384 2445 on your cell phone. It’s free. You will be offered a short poem. This is not a new idea. Rather it’s a nice way to share some humanity. Each month a poet or songwriter will offer a short poem or lyric. The number may change but the service will remain the same. Cory Nakasue is featured until the end of May, 2018.
About Cory Nakasue
Cory Nakasue’s poetry has been published in Aligned Magazine, Summer Stock Journal, and editions of Sweet Action Poetry’s anthologies. She has been a featured poet at Soul Sister Review, NYC Poetry Festival, and The Bridge, among other poetry outlets. She is a dance and theater artist who also works as a movement teacher, therapist, and astrological guidance counselor. She recently co-founded Gemini Hill in the Hudson Valley, an artist retreat/residency. She is working on her first collection of poetry, Glamour Blister (forthcoming 2019 End Paper Press). www.corynakasue.com
Dial-A-Poem is a phone-based service started in 1968 by poet John Giorno after a phone conversation with his friend William Burroughs. Fifteen phone lines were connected to individual answering machines; anyone could phone Giorno Poetry Systems and listen for free to a poem offered from various live recordings.
The venture was a success from 1969 on, and the poems dealt with numerous social issues such as the Vietnam War and the sexual revolution. Giorno claimed the service later influenced the creation of other information services over the telephone, such as banking, sports, and investing.