I found this to be the fastest way to boostrap a project into POE. I wrote a wrapper around a webservice using LWP, and made sure my wrapper had and Object API. It was then trivial to use POE::Component::Generic to make my Wrapper non-blocking and hook it to an IRC bot (using POE::Component::IRC of course). So far this package rocks.
The documentation is a bit non-obvious at first, I suspect because the API isn't obviously unless you've spent a lot of time with POE. But I managed to get through it and now have a bit of code that works equally well in several different enviroments.