Zaq: Your reply was written the way a poet might respond. It is clear to me that you have the sensibilities of a poet.
Keep on writing.
Here is some useful information about poetry boxes. John Milliken is one of the fellows in Portland who constructs these posts.
This following info is an excerpt from an email he sent me today.
In so far as cost and prices are concerned:
For someone handy with tools and a bit of a creative streak, they may
build their own pole for as little as $25 or less in materials.
- Just the sheet box attached to a fence can be provided for $25.
If one wishes to have me build a standard classic (engraved cedar post,
copper cap, holder and hardware), that price is $200 installed as I do
an initial site visit/consult, design the pole to the owner's site and
- A 'deluxe' model, with low relief carving, copper insets, fixtures and engraved lettering - that can run to $250-$300.
I have done a set of poles for a row of espaliered pear trees that was a
bit more expensive owing to the hardware and cables involved.
Tony Pfannenstiel, editor/publisher of Fault Lines Poetry