About This Project

The inspiration for this blog comes from two sources.

The first is a brilliant Esquire magazine interview/article of Mr. Rogers (yes, THAT Mr. Rogers) that was published in the November, 1998 issue. Entitled “Can You Say…’Hero’?”, the article includes a short passage in which the reader learns that for as long as he can remember, Mr. Rogers has weighed 143 pounds.

About stepping on the scale each day to see his weight be 143, the author writes this about Mr. Rogers, This has happened so many times that Mister Rogers has come to see that number as a gift, as a destiny fulfilled, because, as he says, “the number 143 means ‘I love you.’ It takes one letter to say ‘I’ and four letters to say ‘love’ and three letters to say ‘you.’ One hundred and forty-three. ‘I love you.’ Isn’t that wonderful?

So that’s the 143 part.

The second inspiration comes from a poetry concept in which you make a copy of a page from a book you like and blacken out most of the words. You choose the blackening mindfully, though, thus leaving behind words that form a poem. In this way and in a fashion, you are collaborating with the book’s author to write this poem.

So this blog is the merging of those two ideas. The page from which your poem is created is 143 of your chosen book!

Feel free to submit an entry to the blog. All you need to do is email me a picture of your blackened out page 143, not forgetting to include the title and author of the book. Including a few sentences about why you’ve chosen this book is a plus.