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 . . .


Monday, 26 June 2006

What a poetry librarian does on her day off in Prague . . .

. . . we went swimming, and also recorded some more sounds for our Prague podcast. Yes, we know we haven’t put up our Germany podcast yet, but we’re working on it, and in the meantime, we are still recording sounds around the city, which just happens to be Prague at the moment. Or rather, a forest and lake cum stream we went swimming in today. After a 10km hike I might add. And mosquito bites. And a snake sighting. So . . . here is the sound of a Czech train arriving to pick us up and take us back to Prague.

A Czech train leaving

We also have a bit of an obsession with train announcers and conductors, as you might be able to tell from listening to our poem Destination, over in the sidebar there somewhere, so following on from this theme, we recorded the Czech arrivals and departures announcement, which we think kinda has a poetry twang to it.

We also took some pictures out and about in Prague yesterday and on our hike today. Which also happened to enable us to indulge in a spot of illegal flyposting. Hurray!

How to illegally flypost a bench next to a railway track in the Czech Republic

We found a full dandelion head in the forest. We are wondering if this means time has stopped for us entirely?

We illegally flypost a tree next to the stream we swam in. We think this might really confuse the load of Czech locals who swim here a lot.

Not sure why this girl is chained up. Or why she is a bit Gollum-shaped.

The Czech train we caught back to Prague today

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