Monday, November 30, 2009

Poems in Shops - an example

So to kick off

"International put your poem in a shop month"

here follows an example of the type of thing we might be looking for:

Foil tops crow pecked in history
Remember friendly face who delivered
Now milk agrows in cartons, plastic shapes,
Fresh dairy cows watch and shiver

And that one would go.... yes you've guessed it (my clever blogeens)... next to the milk etcetera etcetera.

The beauty of placing a poem in a shop in this way is of course that you get to put it where you want, when you want, and with no pesky editors deciding it's not good enough (those astute poetry judges among you will have noticed that the standard in the above is certainly far from prohibitively high) - the biggest difficulty I suppose is going to be the placing and the proof.
Picking up things off shelves in shops is easy, we do it all the time, but putting something there, and taking a photo of it? That could be a bit more difficult. If you want - you could follow last years template of putting up a sign in the ads section of your store, example to be seen here.
Good luck poetry gorillas, I'll be putting my first shop poem up somewhere sometime soon, so keep an eye out next time you pop out for milk, and do let me know how you get on yourself, any tips for how to secretly place a poem would be welcome.

Here's the above poem undergoing rigorous poem testing on my domestic test kitchen replica of a real litre of milk.

(By the way - do have a look at Honey Fungus' chicken poems over on their blog...


Totalfeckineejit said...

First of all I have to say that is a real Fancy Dan carton of bainne you have there in the madtropolis.Also
I like the way your poem is cunningly shaped like an arrow pointing to something, a special offer perhaps, so people will read it.I am busy choosing the supermarket I will target.I will probably go in when the shop is open,a lot of them have alarms these days, I may even get a job as a shelf stacker or imitate one, then have free reign and avoid all suspicion.I need to be more subtle than last year,stapling it to the checkout girls forehead attracted more security guards than poetry lovers.The photography is more tricky.Mobile phone is probs the most discreet. G'luck...

Niamh B said...

Thanks TFE... yes sellotape would have been better, less puncturing... Not to mention the fact that your aim is to leave the poem on a shelf somewhere, so actually no sticking of any kind is called for. The only reason that one is stuck in my fridge is because poems have to go through THE most rigourous tests possible. I won't be sticking the live poem to an actual in store object.