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 . . .

Archive

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Inbetween installing our Library & Archive . . .

. . . we are so Library & Archive obsessed that we actually help out at another one . . . The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives, which is based at San Francisco State University. Every week we head on over there and quiz the various bodies who work there about their activities & archives, suck their poetry brains for library, archive and poetry related detritus, and run their Myspace account, blithely sending off friend requests to poets dead and alive who already exist in their vast archive and collection of recordings – or indeed you if you like. Occasionally we also make a cup of tea for ourselves and make sarcastic remarks to the intern aka Lizzy, who seems to appreciate this (or is very good at hiding it anyway if not). Here are some pictures of their stuff:

The Poetry Center's Equipment (some in use, some out of present use):











The Poetry Center's Catalogues, in varying years, formats and shades:








John Ashbery: The Master Tape






Duncan Oppen - The original Reel to Reel


1 comment:

Idit said...

trans-continental greetings to the gallant librarienne - good on ya pal, glad to hear that you're foraging across the u.s. i remember you telling me about your plans for san fransisco when you were in that shared house in christchurch road (i think that was it, the 50's semi) so it's great that it's come into being.
lawrence b. (ps am writing from idit's computer)