Portland poet pens PayPal Valentines

Portland poet pens PayPal Valentines

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 4:49 PM

PORTLAND, -- We're not saying you shouldn't trust your Valentine but if he or she gives you a personalized poem Friday there's a chance it may have actually come from a website.

When you think PayPal, you probably don't think romance, which is the brilliance behind this PR stunt.

The online company that deals in financial transactions hired professional poets, including one right here in Oregon, to write your Valentine's Day cards as part of their #Poemgrams (with love from PayPal) project.

Monica Storss is a Portland poet who gave KGW a reading of some of her work on Thursday at Broadway Books in Northeast Portland.

She talks to clients in a chat window for a few minutes, gets some basic info about what they want in their valentine and then she runs with it.

We wondered how many of the people receiving these ghost written expressions of love knew it wasn't their partner penning them.

“You know that’s a gray area,” said Matt John Bamman of #Poemgrams. “I would like to think people said ‘I got you this poem and I talked to somebody and got you a personal poem written by a poet,’ but I’m certain some people didn’t do that.”

The custom poems are free, but if you're thinking that would make a good last minute gift, the poem shop is closed.

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