Love-locked Frankfurt

7 10 2014

Oh my heart,
Tied to love
The bridges I must cross.

Frankfurt free me
Unlock the bridge
To water’s flow


Poemcatcher Gets Lucky

5 10 2014

The hunt for poems
is like catching shadows
whispering in wind swept corridors.

Poemcatcher will be at Frankfurt Bookfair 06 -13 October
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A Congruent Life interview with Poem Catcher

5 10 2014

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All I did was stand on a stage with a butterfly net and inspire people to write poems. It seems that this was enough to get spotted by the team at They capture “Inspirational Stories of Authenticity and Reinvention” and invited me to record a web interview. Here it is…


Wondering what he could do to help disaster-impacted people in Haiti, Andrew Newman started asking others on the street for poems to share. Little did he know at the time that “poemcatching” would take him around the world and result in several anthologies of collected poems.

In this episode of A Congruent Life, Andrew shares pieces of his story, including:

  • how he was motivated to start poemcatching,
  • veering away from several generations of a family-owned business,
  • discovering that he was, in fact, a creative person, and what that means for all of us,
  • advice for tapping into our creativity and “unfolding” our own creative visions,
  • the impact that men’s work and spiritual questing has had on his personal journey,
  • embracing mission as a larger framework for life beyond goals and tasks.

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The Perfect Apology

10 09 2014

When Green Canyon Outfitters had a problem delivering my new net ahead of the World Domination Summit, they asked: “How can we make it up to you?”  My answer… “Please write me poems!”  Well done on your inspirational customer service. Love you guys.

1. You want a14638035491_4d072eb3d3_k discount for the stress you were put through
Let me tell you what we are willing to do
We will personally wrap your butterfly net
Make it so nice, you will not get upset
We will ship it to you with speedy delivery
It will get there so fast, you will not experience any misery
You will be amazed at the things we are willing to do for you
We would like to apologize for the stress you went through

2. Green Canyon Outfitters is the place to shop
Come see our deals that never stop
We sell everything outdoors
If we could we’d sell you our floors
We sell rods, reels, & cast nets
Tents, targets, & butterfly nets
So whether you want to go fishing, hunting, or camping
Come shop with us because our inventory and deals we are always revamping!

Customer service poetry

30 08 2014

netThere is an exciting collection of poetry brewing in the back offices of a dynamic (as-of-yet-unnamed) american business. They have taken my poetry challenge to heart and are collating 100 customer service poems, to praise their own brilliance, and to apologize to me for a small slip up on an order I placed.

I love these guys for their inspiring, CAN-DO attitude, and look forward to reading their brilliant creations. All will be revealed…

WDS accountability buddy Rocks!

28 07 2014

Ok, so i got off my first “#WDS2014 Accountability Buddy Call”.
Spent a moment wallowing in my monday blues, and then took one positive action that I wanted to take. (And hugged my #bravebot)

One that I really wanted to take…
To create my own future the way i want it.

I wrote to one publisher introducing my children’s books.

By the end of writing the email I was invigorated and had a grip on my blues…and clarity of who is boss of my emotions.

So now i am in a coffee shop…working on my amazing creative projects…one step at a time. Inspired.

Note to self: pay myself in happiness by choosing one easy action. “Easy” because its the one I most want to do!


90 seconds to inspire 3000 poems

10 07 2014

Super awesome exciting news….i have 90 seconds on stage at the WORLDDOMINATIONSUMMIT on saturday to Spark 3000 people into writing poems.

I want at least 500 poems in the net …all with the word SPARK.
Poemcatcher is gonna rock Portland.

Poem Catcher goes State Side

26 06 2014

Its been a while since i Donned my Kilt and net to inspire fresh poetry, but I’m delighted to be travelling in The USA and telling the story of my first book QUAKE.

I recently picked up 3 hitchkikers in Colorado. They were fascinating and brave, choosing to live their summers on the road, hitchhike, riding trains and seeing the USA.
They know what it takes to sit down on a pavement and “beg” for food, as I know what its like to sit and “begg” for poems. They reminded me that forage, beg or busk… life really gets lived in the meeting of people and the moments that these interactions create.

I hope to present a 2 minute version of THE ADVENTURES OF A POEMCATCHER to the WORLD DOMMINATION SUMMIT of 3000 people in Portland Oregon in July.
this will give me  a chance to shatter the world poemcatching record ( currently at 140 poems in 6minutes and 40 seconds.) My new target is 1500 poems in 2 minutes!

I want to remind myself and the world… that

  • spontaneous creativity is Life itself…edgy, fun, awkward, imperfect and BEAUTIFUL
  • Uncensored creativity has the most joy in it. (ban the critic)
  • The playful attitude of children towards their creativity is our guide for success.

Holding thumbs.


Granadilla Lolly Season at Petcha Kutcha

27 02 2013

Come see the PoemCatcher’s inaugural Cape Town gig at Petcha Kutcha Cape Town,
tuesday 5th march at 7pm, Assembly

Petcha flyer

Day 1 Mo Hunt

1 11 2012


I didn’t see a bro with a mo yet, yo
Wonder how long these things take to grow.
Hoping, O hoping that my girl will flow
With the itch and and the twitch and not be a bitch
I’m growing my love on lip to say
Men’s health important, didn’t shave to day
And i won’t be shavin’ for a month long strike
Growin my Mo. Thats what i like