Some things are just plain hard to express. It doesn’t matter if you’re a poet or not: When something happens that touches the poetry part of our brains, we don’t always know how to access or explain it. But we know it has value; we feel it like a weight or an urge or a pressure. We ask ourselves, “What does it mean?” and “Why is it important?”

I like to work with people to discover the poetry in their lives.

I can be hired to write a poem for you. It can work in various ways. I can work with you by phone or in person. You tell me your story, and, over time (sometimes a great deal of time), I present you with a poem. It can be for you personally, a gift for a loved one, or a public gesture, whatever you like.

In 2008 I wrote a poem on commission for Oakland CA reader Connie Holmes. The poem, “A Deer,” landed in my first poetry collection, Yellowrocket.

I have written for numerous “clients” on commission, and the process is always lively, stimulating, and richly rewarding. Let me know if you’d like references.

Please contact me and we can begin a discussion about your project and collaboration.


I found Todd in the New Yorker. People have found Robert Frost and Roger Angell and W. H. Auden in the New Yorker — I found Todd Boss. His poems arrested me and sang for me and, I must confess, I wanted one.  The idea for commissioning a poem came quickly, after I discovered that Todd lived in my town. I drilled down his website and found this charming offer: “I’ll write a poem for you”. After a brief and painless exchange of emails, we were begun.

— Hervey Evans

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