Wednesday, December 2, 2009

International Put your Poem in a Shop Month - Launch

Last night was the official launch party for

"International put your Poem in a Shop Month"


with the official first placement of a poem in a shop. Predictably, I hung around the shadows a bit first - not the band - feeling guilty and as if I was about to litter, although really I was just about to give a gift to society, the gift of a poem.

A few glasses of wine and an inspiring play by Abbey Callen called Strandline later, I was ready to do whatever it took for my art and boldly strode into a shop (that I never ever go to), under cover of three fellow writers, made straight for the milk area and placed my poem, got a picture of it quick before anyone could stop me. There were too big security people on the door, and since no one else wanted to buy anything I ended up buying a bottle of a cherry flavoured drink, just in case the burly security men stopped us on the way out and went "Hey you! Did you just leave a poem in the shop?" So, all suspicions dispersed we all merrily went on our way. I just think that maybe next time I'll write a poem about some kind of shop where browsing is ok without buying. After all this is supposed to be some kind of non commercially artistic endeavour and if I just keep buying things every time I put a poem in a shop, that'll just be good for shops.... Ah the problems of a struggling gorilla artist.

LOOKIE HERE For the first poem in a shop outside of this blog!! Well done Oubliette!

10 comments:

Rachel Fox said...

A lovely post. Some of us are made for undercover work and some of us...not so much.
x

Uiscebot said...

Well Done! Brave Poetry soldier.

I'm inspired - expect a poem in a shop sometime soon.

Niamh B said...

Thanks Rachel, yes tisn't for the faint-hearted... I'm ready to join the FBI now, I really think so
Thanks Uisce, glad you're joining in, looking forward to seeing the results.

Domestic Oub said...

Its everywhere now Niamh, spreading like wildfire! There are now TWO! I said TWO poems in shops!!! Well, okay, they probably have gotten rid of your poem from last night by now, so maybe its only one poem ina shop... but, hey, stop by my blog and read all about my adventures!

NanU said...

oooh, this sounds exciting. I have an urge to get out there and leave a poem in a shop. A shop where I can go back in a week and check if my little offspring is still there.

Niamh B said...

Thanks Oub - Rock on the poems in shops.
Oooh NanU - please do try that - it is "INTERNATIONAL put your poem in a shop month" afterall, that would be trés cool.

Titus said...

Still planning my disguise, but I'm with you in spirit.
Bigger pictures next time please!

Titus said...

Still planning my disguise, but I'm with you in spirit.
Bigger pictures next time please!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Well done Niamh, you are a fearless leader at the forefront of putting poetry to the people(in shops) whether they like it or not.
This is the cutting edge of geurilla poetry warfare and not for the faint-hearted.Your bravery is inspirational.I have my poem writ, wrote, er, written, tomorrow I go to the front (Of the shop)and will not surrender till my poem is placed.Poems in shops ,one small step for poets, one giant leap, foe poetkind.

Niamh B said...

Thanks Titus - I can recommend a big woolly hat...
Thanks TFE - knew I could count on you, looking forward to great things, courage and strength comrade.