Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 10.04.59 AMArticle first appeared in Maine Insights: Free coffee in exchange for a poem to celebrate World Poetry Day-today!

By Ramona du Houx

To mark World Poetry Day, more than a thousand coffee establishments around the world will use poetry as their currency this March 21st. Although, the idea hasn’t caught on in Maine, maybe next year some cafe, somewhere will take note and help celebrate World Poetry Day, in this way.

As authors around the world are increasingly finding it hard to make a living, a company based in Vienna has finally come up with a definitive answer: one cup of coffee.

Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company founded in 1862, is marking Unesco’s World Poetry Day with a promotion to highlight the craft. In 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants across 23 countries- mostly in continental Europe- but including the UK, the US and Australia, will trade a cup of Joe for a poem, written by the customer.

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