The Itinerant Poetry Library

Since May 2006, The Itinerant Poetry Librarian has been travelling the world with a library of ‘Lost & Forgotten’ poetry, installing the library & librarian and archiving the sounds, poems and poetry of the cities, peoples and countries she meets. Welcome to the project's blog . . . Our Itinerant Poetry Librarian lives wherever her library is - come join the cause!

FAQs: • Yes we carry our entire life and the library with us as we go • Yes, it is quite heavy • No, we're not mad. As Charles Simic said, 'But what if poets are not crazy?' That's the spirit boyo!

We exist to: remind people of the importance of free public libraries...subvert mainstream channels of distribution...remind people that access to knowledge should be free and not dependent upon economic wealth hierarchies... show people that poetry/art can provide answers to questions we ask of life...experiment in existing outside of 'the market' – thereby, instead, investing in social capital, social innovation and community.

We aim to make life taste better. Word.

Where have we been . . . ?

(2006) Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, London, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Norwich, York, Antwerp, (2007-2008) San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Leipzig, (2009) Ulm, Chemnitz, Rotterdam, Huntingdon, Callander, (2010) Cork, St. Andrews . . . Where'd you like us to go? Can you help? Get in touch!

What We Are Up To Right Now . . .


Friday, 23 February 2007

A breeding ground . . . for librarians

So. We were so excited about our Dog Eared books appearance last night that we didn't manage to get to sleep until 4am, what with a large dose of blog tweaking (which, we are beginning to think is a little like a meth habit except you don't lose teeth) and the fact that at 4am a large portion of People We Know In Other Continents Are Still Awake As It Is Their Normal Daytime Hours. Anyway, we did manage to finally make it to bed and Zzzzzzzzzs and are now rarin' to go for tonight's installation at Adobe Books (see post below). A whole five brand-spanking-new members signed up at Dog Eared, and we'll give a special warm welcome to Kathe, who was our first San Francisco citizen to sign up ever. Does she win a prize? Nope. But she does win er, let's see, a, er, free poem next time we see her! She also still has out a book so we hope to see her again soon!

So, five members takes our total library membership up to two hundred and twenty seven. Yee hah!

And to top it all off, we've got another venue in the bag folks (thanks Nicole!). Come see the Itinerant Poetry Librarian and Library at . . .

The Marsh on Tuesday, February 27th from 5 - 7pm. That's 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco, (between 21st and 22nd - 3 blocks from 24th & Mission BART). Here's a
. It's "a breeding ground for new performance" . . . yeah! Breeding grounds. We like it! So we're gonna dive right in with the library . . . come dig for poems and join our backwater crew!

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