This NFT project, the first poetry publication of its kind, invites collectors to consider buying a single line or perhaps more than one line from a well-known American poet to create their own poems made of multiple lines.

Buy LINES here:

Three years ago, on a visit to the island of Ischia with his family, poet John Poch began writing the poem “Ship Rope”. He revised it over the next few years into its current form. A poem of 99 lines, each line is made to stand alone as a unit of meaning, perhaps a poem in and of itself. Verse is different than prose in that the poet decides to break or “turn” the line. Many poets believe the line is the most important aspect of a poem. The word comes from the Latin “linea” which means thread. One might think how the threads in a tapestry create patterns. Or how the woven threads in a rope make the cord stronger.

A collector might purchase just one, or maybe two lines to own a couplet such as:

You thought of that wide water, or at the edges

this boat, that mast, a woman in a white dress

or a haiku-like three line poem:

into western sunlight and waves toward Ischia port

the hum of human happiness called to you

Nature feels nothing while time frays the rope

or it is possible that a collector might compile 14 of the lines to compose an entire sonnet. (Note: Some of the punctuation/capitalization in the individual lines has been removed to create the appearance of cleaner lines and facilitate easier connections between lines.)

The initial sale of these 99 lines are priced to sell to any NFT Collector who is looking to invest in poetry and art short- or long-term. They are priced at .03Eth, except for a few lines which are priced more fairly due to importance (first line, last line, etc.) To put the value of these lines into better perspective, the cheapest couplets by John Poch for the Etherpoem project are currently valued on OpenSea at .42, .83, 1, and 1.8Eth, respectively. In short, these lines are a bargain at .03Eth.

Once the sale of all the individual lines is complete, the entire poem will be published on the author’s website and an NFT of the poem made available on Foundation for 2Eth (along with a rare and extremely valuable collectible physical artifact).

Any person considering participating in this collection/investment will want to read closely the entire poem and come to an understanding of the most important elements of poetry: namely, the poetic line. These lines are as important as the dots of color that make up a Damien Hirst painting, but obviously much more affordable. Their assembly into various forms can be compared to Tom Sachs rocket factory project. Nevertheless, this edition of lines is much smaller than these two artists editions and each has the potential to be worth just as much as a result of its rarity. With poetry, less is more. No. Less IS.


Lines (Images taken from these physical objects):

  • 50 lines printed by DELL laser printer on plain white paper
  • 21 lines typed (the one-line epigraph typed in red) on 25% cotton bond white paper
  • 11 lines handwritten/print Waterman ink with LAMY pen on 100% cotton bond ivory paper
  • 9 lines handwritten/cursive ink Waterman with LAMY pen on 100% cotton bond ivory paper
  • 5 lines handwritten cursive Palomino Blackwing pencil on 100% cotton bond ivory paper
  • 4 lines printed with lead type by Vandercook proof press on fine Hahnemuhle cotton paper
  • 1 line Garamond 12pt. lead type set for Vandercook proof press (not printed)

All images designed by Rachél Holloway and the author. Letterpress by Victoria M. Bee.

John Poch is an award-winning poet/translator/novelist. He is a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. He was one of the first NFT poets whose poems were minted directly to the Ethereum blockchain with the collective widely known as #Etherpoems. He is known mostly for his formal work with the poetic line and with rhyme. His work has won the Donald Justice Prize, The New Criterion Prize, The Nation/Discovery Prize, and many others. His poems have appeared in the best journals in America and beyond: Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, American Poetry Review.. He has published 7 collections of his own books of poems and many other collaborative artworks. He was a Fulbright Program Core Scholar at the University of Barcelona in 2014.