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 . . .

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Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Seven more everything: San Francisco to the power of Norwich

We have lived here a total of seventeen days. Library installations currently number 5 and rising, with a total San Francisco library membership in the right here and right now of 26 satisfied and satiated poetry souls. Right on! Or off! Or whatever your bag(gage) is! Since we've been strolling the streets, with our librarian head screwed really tight on, our poetry head has had a chance to sneak out from under our elbow and observe the lowdown on the actual down and dirty street. In the area of The Mathematics of Poetry, we think we've found a new equation, which we're going to call Seven more everything: San Francisco to the power of Norwich. It's a way to work out the capacity of anything in either San Francisco or Norwich based on knowledge of only one quantifiable variable in either city. Thus:

Total San Francisco Population

equals

Population of Norwich x 7

Total no. of Norwich musicians who feature at HowlBackHum music nights at Norwich Arts Centre and know, at least in terms of his supposed existence, a man called Shane

equals

Total no. of San Francisco musicians who play keyboards as main instrument but do not front a band ÷ 7

In some exceptional instances, i.e. just like the English language, there are irregular rules to this equation. When quantifying specifically the availability of vegan cheese; the number of self-identifying lesbians with potentially offensive haircuts; how often someone is likely to be sleeping outside your home in a cardboard box; and, in particular, the level of ego being over and above the categorisable apparent availability of skill and talent; the following equation needs to be put into practise:



Real live statistics:
San Francisco has a total population of 776733, of which 23.23% of people exist in the 25-34 age bracket - also the age bracket with the greatest overall percentage in terms of the total population. Males make up a total of 50.83% and females a total of 49.17% of the overall population, with those in the 85 years and over bracket comprising 1.83% of the population total - also the age bracket with the lowest overall percentage in terms of total population.

Norwich has a total population of 121550, of which 9.918552 % of people exist in the 20-24 age bracket - also the age bracket with the greatest overall percentage in terms of the total population. Males make up a total of 48.39984 % and females a total of 51.60016 % of the overall population, with those in the 90 years and over bracket comprising 0.6359523 % of the population total - also the age bracket with the lowest overall percentage in terms of total population.

Damn. Did we just unprove our equation?

Anyway. Based on Seven more everything: San Francisco to the power of Norwich™, we are going to go for broke and speculate on future total San Francisco library membership. We predict the final total for San Francisco library members will be 238 on the basis of our equation. Now if only we could start up a library membership speculation and trading market our Itinerant Librarian wouldn't need to worry about food and living arrangements for a while . . . now there's a thought. Where did we put that bag of cous cous?

Business statistics. Damn! We're all about the stats tonight baby! Yeah!
New members signed up on Friday 2nd March @ The Marsh = 6



Live at The Marsh





Where we had fun stamping

New members signed up on Sunday 4nd March @ Abandoned Planet Bookstore = 5



Librarian in situ at Abandoned Planet



With our library selection for the day

So while we're at it, based on the law of averages, we're going to predict new membership totals of 6, at our up and coming Marsh Theatre cafe installation on Friday March 9th from 7 - 10pm (here's a map). Come join us and prove us statistically wrong! Or right! Or bring us some food that isn't granular! Rock!



Marsh-tastic



In the meantime, when our librarian isn't itineranting, mainlining library science books & theory, or working out how to get free food, we also spend our time recording the sounds of the city and people we've found. So, San Francisco, you're it. This is what we've got so far:

powered by POETRY
Someone we think is called Guinevere, performing (spoken word) on the corner of 16th & Mission Street, on Thursday March 1st 2007



powered by FROG POETRY
Frogs croaking in the rain, in San Juan Bautista in February 2007



powered by CHICKEN POETRY
Contented chickens in San Juan Bautista in February 2007



powered by POETRY
Someone we think is called Scratch Baker Thatcher, performing (trumpet) on the corner of 16th & Mission Street, on Thursday March 1st 2007

Inbetween being given instructions from you San Francisco people trying to help us out - like: "go to the corner of 16th & Mission on a Thursday from about 9pm onwards and ask for Charlie", which is how our librarian found and recorded the 16th & Mission sounds (those are the kind of instructions we like, and in fact, often live on) and got in touch with the awesome spoken word / performing posse who turn up here every week come wind rain shine crazy people with knives - we also walk the city . . . (although we're currently in need of a BICYCLE so we can start our free poetry library courier service: can you help us out? Email librarian@thepoetrycubicle.org.uk)



And so discover . . . where the buses sleep at night



And leave messages everywhere we go . . .

No really. Where did we put that bag of cous cous?

1 comment:

Daniel said...

nice blog!!!... i'll be around here...