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 . . .


Saturday, 20 September 2008

"The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the "rat race" - the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing."

David Foster Wallace
February 21 1962 - September 12 2008

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Bibliothek Regelmässig in Leipzig? Die Kassette Los!

Guten Tag Leipzig!

We've been here 2.5 weeks, and so far had the extremely good fortune to get up and runnin' ASAP for the good citizens hier.

This means we've so far instigated four library installations, covering Leipzig Zentrum-Süd, Zentrum, Industriegebiet West/Neulindenau and Lindenau regions of this wonderful city.

That's also 18.5 hours of full-on Library mayhem.

Current popular titles appear to be W.S. Burrough's APO-33 Bulletin: A Metabolic Regulator; Pablo Neruda's twenty love poems and a song of despair [bilingual spanish/english edition]; and a newly acquisitioned item [courtesy of the awesome mzin graphics space] TIPPGEMEINSCHAFT 2008.

Such rarin'-librarian action means we've also managed to notch up . . .

Rock 'n' Library Roll!!

Or as they might say here, Fantastisch!

We look forward to seeing our 17 new Valued Patrons of the Library once again at Our Library Near You Soon.

Speaking of which, we'd also like to formally announce our first Leipzig highly irregularly regular Library, jeden Mittwoch im Die Kassette.

We like the sound of hellauf unregelmässig regelmässig, sich paaren mit Die Kassette ist schön, ja!

. . . and yes, as we did indeed surmise, it turns out that we liked each other so much we are going to be there every week for your every future travelling poetry library need.

Fantastisch indeed.

See you Wednesdays, 17:00 - 22:00 hrs VPLs and VPLs-to-be!

Forgot where Die Kassette exactly is? That's okay, we're idiotensicher!


Meanwhile, trawling the turf that is the VurldVideVunderbarVeb, we found this l'il beauty.

Apparently, some reckless about-to-become-a Valued Patron of the Library took it upon themselves to film part o the magical process during the San Francisco Naughty Librarians Convention back in March . . . or was it April, my how time flies . . . 2008.

Which, incidentally, was the only time we think we'll ever be in a room with twenty people shouting in unison "Do Me Decimal - Do Me Decimal", and suffice to say, we think they were a leetle surprised at our unannounced visit. Such are our hours, we'd like to add. As in case you forgot:

Offical Business Hours:
We are open when we are conveniently open and closed when we are inconveniently closed.


P.S. Got a Leipzig Library venue tip? Need us to come to you? Get in touch: librarian[at]

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Wo ist die Bibliothek in Leipzig 3.0?

We'll be amongst the blooms and Gothic, so come on over!

saltoflorale * Katharinenstraße 11 * 04109 Leipzig *

Samstag 13.09.2008 * 14:00-18:00 hrs

Katharinenstr. 11
04109 Leipzig
Tel.: 03 41 / 1 49 89 23

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Monday, 8 September 2008

Wo ist die Bibliothek in Leipzig 2.0?

vom Regal Die Kassette

We are delighted to announce that the next library will be at
Die Kassette

Thanks to all the peeps who threw us the tip [& Die Kassette for takin' a likin' to us immediamente]. We are very excited as we think this place is a very natural home from home for us, and so look forward to establishing a highly irregularly regular Library relationship forthwith. In the meantime, you can catch our first one . . .

Wann/When ?
Mittwoch / Wednesday 10.09.2008 * 15:00 - 20:00 hrs *

Wo/Where ?
Demmeringstrasse 23
04177 Leipzig—Lindenau

Was Das I 'ear you say or Was ist hier los?

Es it . . .

"Die Kassette


In der Demmeringstraße in Leipzig-Lindenau ist mit DIE KASSETTE ein Laden, in dem die über die Jugend hinaus aufgestaute Leidenschaft für das MIXTAPE ausgelebt werden darf.

DIE KASSETTE bietet einen Raum an, in dem die Wände von TAPES geschmückt sind und weiterhin es sich natürlich bei Kaffee, täglich frischem Kuchen, Sekt oder Bier gemütlich gemacht werden darf.

Das Konzept ist der TAUSCH, und so ist DIE KASSETTE ein doppelt analoger Ort des Musikaustausches, des Treffens und des Timekillings
(bei Tageszeitungen und Magazinen).

Neben dem fröhlichen Nutzen von iTunes und Netzwerken wie mySpace sind wir glücklich einen Ort zu präsentieren, der den Liebhaber_innen des guten alten MIXTAPES und gutem Kaffee eine willkommene Abwechslung sein wird!

Seein' as our German is a-comin' along, but not that great, we took the opportunity in this world-wide-wonderful-web-o-sphere to try a bitta translation engine software. We rather like the results! Here's what the machines think the above says:

"The Cartridge


In the Demmeringstrasse in Leipzig Lindenau is also THE CARTRIDGE a shop, in that the passion for that, accumulated beyond the youth MIXTAPE to be realized may.

THE CARTRIDGE offers an area, in that the walls of TAPES are decorated and further naturally with coffee, daily fresh cake, sparkling wine or beer cosy to make itself may.

The concept is that EXCHANGE, and like that is THE CARTRIDGE similar place of the music exchange, the meeting and the Timekillings doubles (with daily papers and magazines).

Apart from the merry use of iTunes and we are to be presented to networks like mySpace lucky a place, that the Liebhaber_innen of the good old MIXTAPES and good coffee a welcome alternation will be!

Rad. Time killings, beer cosies and daily fresh cake on the walls. It sounds like some interesting wallpaper. . . wait a minute . . .


And chez nous, la bibliotheque, well whaddya waitin' for?

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Here is a Die Kassette infovid if you'd like to know more [recommended you understand German, if not, look at the nice images!]

See you at the library - the music's on [around] us!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Where's the Library in Leipzig?

In case you hadn't noticed . . .

We made it to Leipzig!

So, where's the Library in Leipzig?

First up, we're at the brand-spanking-new
mzin graphic design, pop + streetculture
shop - gallery - studio

Donnerstag/Thursday 04.09.2008 * 13:00 - 18:00 hrs

paul-gruner-straße 64

You can catch the tram 10 + 11 -> station: hohe straße / bus 89 -> station: robert-schumann-straße

You can also mail 'em if you need to.

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Then, we'll be out and about @ SPINNEREI initially c/o Café Mule . . .

Samstag/Saturday 06.09.2008 * 14:00 - 18:00 hrs

mule - cafe/garten, spinnereistraße 7

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You can also mail 'em if you need to.

Not bad for a day's library-locatin' we say. 'Nuff said.

We look forward to reaching the parts other libraries have yet to reach!

***Today's library announcement comes with special Leipzig thanks to Simone, Leif & Suzanne***