Dial the number 845 384 2445 on your cell phone. It’s free. You are 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. Gary Siegel is featured until the end of May, 2019.
About Gary Siegel
Gary Siegel found poetry in the 70’s and it has been finding him ever since.
He has learned his craft from listening to poets live and writing, writing, writing. That and taking in life all around and looking for what isn’t obvious. There’s a lot of wonder in his writing. And humor. And Clouds.
His new book – In the Cradle of Silence is a collection of such works.
He lives with his wife dog and trees in Kingston NY.
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.