Most poets may struggle to make an actual income from their writing, but on Monday, they at least got a free cup of coffee. In honour of World Poetry Day on March 21, an international chain of cafés offered its patrons coffee in exchange for poems, The Guardian reports.
The Austrian coffee-roasting companyJulius Meinl first launched their Pay With a Poem initiative in 2013. Last year, more than 100,000 customers took part and on Monday, 1280 locations accepted poems as payment in 34 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, England, and the US.
The poems collected from the coffee shops will be put on display as part of an art installation in London. The coffee chain's passion for poetry is something it celebrates throughout the year.