One of Poe's earliest recollections is the sawdust dancing in the basement air as he stood on his grandfather’s workbench. Together, using materials which would now be called
recycled, they constructed a rambling bird-house. Since that time he has never lost interest in building things.
The mechanical madness that took root in his grandpa’s basement continues to push him in new directions with diverse influences guiding the aesthetic. He draws on everything from Marx Brothers to Marks Toys, from Calder to Keaton and from Rube Goldberg to Andy Goldsworthy. These days, among his kinetic water fountains, enormous insects on buildings and confounding contraptions sits Stumble Bones -- the slap-stick star of his graphic book. Here in Bisbee, AZ, his home for 14 years, he opened SamPoe Gallery with his wife in 2008 and co-founded Bisbee’s annual artist’s soap box derby: Bisbee Rolling Arts Transport Society, aka BRATS.