Clifford Hunt of Half Moon Bay has an unusual way of enjoying original poetry.

Continuing a project he launched three years ago, he collects snippets of freeform poetry that maybe emerged out of longer poems. These pieces are from six to 10 lines, more snapshots of a moment in time than complete, unfolding poems.

"Small, little things that don't fit anywhere else," Hunt said. "(They're) meant to intrigue as much as to delight."

He slips them into the circa-1930s Royal typewriter he had been keeping on his El Granada front porch, adds some visual elements and creates an eye-catching, thought-provoking photo.

"It's just an enjoyment to me, to come out on the porch and reread these," he said. "It motivates me to keep it (his poetry) new and fresh. Keep it refreshed."

These photos will appear on the Review Books' page from time to time as a reflection of the work of a local poet.

Hunt plans to take his typewriter, poems propped inside, around town for a range of different photos.

It's something different for Hunt, the father of local actress Elise Hunt. He works for Apple Inc., writing user instruction guides, but is firmly rooted in poetry.

He has published about a dozen volumes of poetry and served as one judge of the Half Moon Bay Library Teen poetry contest for years about a decade ago. He is the co-founder of the San Francisco-based Just Press, which publishes books of poetry and books of essays.

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They beg off with the excuse that they "are going green." They just don't want to handle the stacks of paper anymore. And who can blame them? Of course, shooting scripts are a different matter

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