Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s good news is a little different. It is all about poetry. It is not just about poems but a unique way to deliver poems. It is called Telepoem.

These are refurbished phone booths that when visited and a number is dialed, the caller can listen to a selection from over 1000 poems. You don’t need a quarter either.

 – Vintage phone booths and kiosks with 1000+ verses in the poetry directory allow you to dial-a-poem on a rotary or push-button phone. 

– A multi-sensory community gift: visual, haptic and aural, multi-genre and multi-media. ADA accommodations provide poetry for all users of all physical abilities.

-Poetry, art, and music pieces, that engage participation and feature community poets. Performance vehicle for voices of many kinds. Co-created with the community.

Current Installations:

Telepoem Booth® Iowa

in the Millwork District covered walkway connecting East 10th and East 11th streets, Dubuque, IA

​​​​Telepoem Booth® Bisbee
Jonquil Motel, 317 Tombstone Canyon Rd.

Bisbee, AZ

Telepoem Booth® Santa Fe
Genoveva Chavez Community Center
3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM

Telepoem Booth® NMHU
Burris Hall, National Ave., New Mexico Highlands University

Las Vegas, NM

Telepoem Booth® State College

The Maker, 209 W. Calder WayState College, PA

So the good news is there is poetry is available in refurbished cast-off phonebooths. Even better news would be a poem booth on every corner. Today’s JohnKu talks about joy. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Surprise by John W. Howell © 2022

Finding some good news,

When all the world genders bad . . .

Is a joy for sure.

 

89 comments

    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael.

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  1. That’s a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing the news, John! When there were still these phone booths, I remember some people staying in them for almost an hour. They had probably already had something read to them back then. 😉 Have a nice Friday! xx Michael

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    1. I can’t imagine staying on the phone that long. Thanks, Michael.

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  2. This made me smile on this miserable day…

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    1. I’m glad it did, Jaye. 😊

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  3. That is such a cool and original thing! Fabulous find, John.
    You keep on finding these good stories! Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. 😁

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  4. What a clever idea! Thx for brightening my Friday, John!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Lori. 😁

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  5. What a clever and wonderful idea! I sort of miss the days of payphones.

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    1. I have had a love/hate relationship with phone booths. I did consulting work for AT&T payphone division. It was in decline at the time.

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  6. I know where there’s still a payphone in a little town on TX 35. If I thought I could dial-a-poem, I’d stop there in a minute! No phone booth, though. I’m glad to see my home state of Iowa included in your list.

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    1. I wonder if the phone still works? Iowa? Thanks where the tall corn grows.

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      1. It still worked a couple of years ago. I used to use it regularly, but once I got a cell phone, that was the end of that.

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      2. The same for most people. I think the only pay phones left are in prison.

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  7. That’s such a creative idea.

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    1. It is for sure. Thanks, Craig.

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  8. How unique! Great job in finding these, John.

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  9. That’s pretty cool, John.

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  10. I hadn’t heard of this, John. So clever! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The Producer found this one. Thanks, Jill.

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  11. I want a telepoem booth!!

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    1. We all could use one I think.

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  12. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Oh my, like the street pianos these booths offer delight. Ingenious! Thank you for sharing this novelty, John — and wonderful haiku! 💗

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😁

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  13. Interesting concept. Though I’m guessing the rotary will stump some people. Extra plus side is that Superman has a place to change again.

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    1. There you go. I knew there would be another benefit. I wonder where he changes now?

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      1. Out in the open. Nobody looks up from their phone long enough to notice.

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  14. What an uplifting idea! So many people are not exposed to poems, now they can be. Brilliant!

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    1. I hope they continue. They have taken a few of them down. (No reasons given)

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  15. Oh wow. What a great idea! A tip of the cap to the initiators. … and thanks for the fitting JohnKu. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Frank. Have a good weekend as well.

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  16. I can’t even remember the last time I saw a phone booth, but what a unique idea!

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    1. I know right? I can’t remember either. Thanks, Teri.

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  17. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing this, John. The old phone booths are nostalgic and poetry is the perfect way to utilize them!

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    1. I thought so too. Thanks, Jan. 😁

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  18. What a nice idea, John. I may have to travel a bit to make a call, but I hope to see more in my area! Happy Friday!

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    1. I hope they do expand.

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      1. I’ll keep an eye out!

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  19. That’s a great idea. There’s so many great ways that idea could be expanded upon. I hope I run into one of those one day.

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    1. It would be fun to give it a try. Thanks, Phil.

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  20. That’s pretty cool, John. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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    1. I thought so too, Tim 😊

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  21. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for letting us know, John. I hadn’t heard this news before. Good use for all those dinosaur phone booths; I hope it will promote more interest in poetry, too.

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    1. I think it will promote interest in poetry, Debbie. Thanks. I would like to try one. 😁

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  22. Very creative! Never heard of them. You could add one of your JohnKu’s! Love the idea – TGIF to you.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thank you, Jo. Have a super weekend.

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  23. A wonderful haiku for a super creative idea, John. That’s so cool. I hope the idea catches on and spreads. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Diana.

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  24. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Best news ever, John! I will have to find one of these amazing phone booths 🙂

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    1. I would like to find one as well. Thank you, Denise.

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  25. What a great idea!! Too bad the closest one to me is 10+ hours away. I hope this ideas spreads and more of these booths start popping up.

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    1. It would be nice to see them everywhere

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  26. Boss

    This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! State College is a three hour ride, thereabouts and I really have no reason to go up there . . . excepting for this.

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  27. This is incredible news, John! I’d love to see one of these around here someday. Great haiku, also!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. 😊

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  28. petespringerauthor · ·

    I didn’t know anything like this existed. I haven’t seen a phone booth in years.

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    1. Me either, Pete.

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  29. Jeez, how did I miss these in New Mexico? Darn!

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    1. I think they would be easy to miss since our minds would think they were just phone booths. 😁

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  30. What a terrific plan. Some of our old red boxes are now mini libraries places to drop off charitable gifts food banks ans I saw one where you could get your fortune told though it was a squeeze. Long may this continue.
    Just imagine what other splendid uses that could be put to old redundant buildings. The house of commons say or the White House?

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    1. Definitely the White House. 😁

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  31. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing this bit of good news. Have a wonderful weekend 💕🙂

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    1. I would love to have one here. Thanks, Harmony.

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  32. OMG! Talk about street art.
    Did I mention street installation art?
    LOVE this phonecept.
    How do I get one on my street?
    To good to be true.
    Your JohnKu erased my blue. Thank you!

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    1. I always keep a blue eraser handy. It woud be great to have one for sure. Thanks, Resa

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      1. What’s a blue eraser.
        I’m so uneducated.
        Yeah…let’s all get Poetry Booths!!!!

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      2. I thought you said my JohnKu erased your blue. All I meant was I have a JohnKu handy for all events.

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      3. Ahhh!! Well, with all the drawing I do, I’m always up for a new eraser!
        Still, your JohnKu erased my blue!

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    1. It is isn’t it?

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  33. I wonder if Superman listens to some inspirational poetry as he’s changing into his outfit in one of these. 🙂

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    1. I’m sure he does. Thanks, Mark.

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  34. What a great idea!!

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    1. It is Jennie. 😁

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  35. Fun, unique, and unexpected! However, someone in an emergency is surely going to be disappointed.

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    1. Don’t forget Superman. I coud see him jump into a booth and pause to listen to a poem or two.

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      1. Haha. Could be very distracting.

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