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Guidelines & Registration Info– 2008 3:15 Poetry Experiment

July 29, 2008

This Experiment is not for the sane nor the weak. Register here.

Here are the rules:

1) Set your alarm for 3:15 AM THIS THURSDAY, JULY 31 (because Aug 1st begins that midnight).

2) Write every morning during the entire month of August (you can do it!). Any form, any length, any style…

3) Choose your notebook and pen wisely. INK will stain your sheets if you fall back asleep. Small notebooks are hard to write in if you are 1/2 asleep.

4) The idea is to ride that 1/2 sleeping, 1/2 waking state as long as it takes to write your poem. We recommend you stay in bed and use minimal lighting (if at all). Falling back asleep again is simply an occupational hazard. We forgive you. (We don’t recommend that you make yourself a cup of coffee and go to your computer… it defeats the whole purpose of the experiment.)

5) Some people don’t read any of their poems until the end of the month. Most don’t type them up until after the experiment is over. This part is totally up to you.

6) At the end of August, log onto the website ( and post all your poems. DO NOT EDIT YOUR WORK!!!! We want the raw stuff, baby. We want your 3:15 mind!

7) IF you ever forget your ID or password, e-mail webmonkey Tod McCoy for it. todmccoy (at) with the SUBJECT LINE: “NEED 3:15 ACCOUNT INFO”

8) PLEASE ADD dreamworld (at) to your list of friends so that we don’t get stuck in your junk mail when we send out group e-mails. We promise not to spam you if you be our friend.

Have fun out there!

The 3:15 Cognizanti

PS The Art Predator is one of the 3:15 Cogizanti. I’ve been doing the experiment since 2001. In 2006, I co-edited between sleeps: the 3:15 experiment 1993-2005.

GO FOR IT!! (at least give it a try…each night in the month of August…discover your 3:15am mind!) Check back here for a button (I hope).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2008 12:15 am

    I would participate except that I can’t possibly wake up at that time. But never mind I am halfasleep most all of the time and most of my writing is done in a hypnogogic trance state anyway, hahahaha. You rock!

  2. July 30, 2008 4:01 am

    give me your address and i will send you an alarm clock!

    it is totaly worth it–your stuff is so wild already i can only imagine what would happen if you were in a hypnogogic/hypnopompic state! and while you’re quite prolific already, there’s something about setting your mind to writing something in the night, who knows what!

  3. July 30, 2008 6:37 am

    Just try it, Paul! Join us! :-)

    Some nights I only wrote 2 sentences (if you could even call them that).

    Gwen – can you edit Tod’s e-mail addy in your post? There are two “c”s in McCoy.

    I’m really excited about the experiment this year! More so than the last few years.

  4. July 30, 2008 5:47 pm




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