Poems While You Wait

Saturday, April 15, 2023
11 a.m.–12 p.m. central
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

Poems While You Wait

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Intuit is pleased to welcome back Poems While You Wait, a collective of poets and their manual typewriters whose mission is to provide patrons with a magical, unexpected, unpretentious and decontextualized encounter with poetry.

Photograph of a man's hands signing a typed poem
Photograph courtesy Poems While You Wait

Participation is easy. During your visit to Intuit on Saturday, April 15, Poems While You Wait will be stationed in the museum’s galleries from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Donate $10 and poets Sam Nassau and Eric Plattner will craft a poem just for you. No requested topic is too big or too small, too funny or too sad, too silly or too serious.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Share your name.
  2. Share a topic you would like the poets to write about, ranging from specific to abstract with as little or as much information as you would like to give.
  3. Enjoy the exhibitions Ted Degener: At Home with Artists, Tarik Echols: Open and Hand Drawn Circle: Arts of Life Studio Past and Present.
  4. Return to Sam and Eric for your custom-made, one-of-a-kind original poem to keep for yourself or gift to someone else.

The $10 donation to Poems While You Wait is not included in admission to Intuit and supports Rose Metal Press, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit independent publisher.

Please contact Lindsey Wurz at with questions related to accessibility accommodations.

Reserve tickets in advance on Tock or contact us at (312) 624-9487 or, and we will assist you. Walk-ins are welcome!

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Guests must follow the museum’s health and safety procedures. Intuit is closely monitoring COVID-19 guidelines established by local, state and federal authorities and will promptly share information that affects the event.