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 . . .


Thursday, 12 July 2007

Portland: Getting With the Library Programme

Latest Library Locations just in . . .

@ Potluck Picnic on Sunday, July 15th, 3-5pm, Colonel Summers Park: SE Taylor & SE 17th Ave . . . come along and sign up!


We're back at the IPRC as they ROCK!

The Library @ The IPRC


Tuesday 17th & 24th July, 4-10pm
Thursday July 19th & 26th, 4-6pm


The Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak Street, (punch buttons 2.1.8. to get in if the door isn't open as it's on the second floor)

In the meantime, we've been flyposting-tastic.

Step 1:
Something to staple gun to . . .

Step 2:
Preferably near walkways . . .

Step 3:
Thus hopefully creating an interesting juxtaposition to neighbouring signage!

And finally

Portland's poetry on the buses

What our Librarian notices while pounding the Portland pavement.

1 comment:

lizzy said...

i'm glad to see you are educating the culture-starved denizens of portland oregon with a real british library. how i wish i was there!