Yes, that time of year is almost upon us again. With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you "Be of good cheer" for it's almost the most exciting, delighting month internationally.
There were rumours that IPYPIASM might be forgotten this year, amidst new children, new jobs, lack of snow to focus the mind, the organisers' terrible new haircut, but NO. It is going to happen, and it is going to happen soon.
In a few short days we will be ready to tear the November page off the calender and throw it in the shredder (our plans for november are very confidential) along with all the guilt for not having written a novel or growing extra hair for charity. Yes we'll be free to move on to the glory of December. Also known as "INTERNATIONAL PUT YOUR POEM IN A SHOP MONTH"
We're going into our fourth year, and last year despite adverse weather conditions, poems managed to find their way into no less than 1400 different shopping expeditions (I may be multiplying by 100 for effect), across 20 continents (this time multiplying by 10 for effect) and brought joy and wonder to beleaguered queue battling shoppers everywhere.
This year it's going to be bigger and better than ever before, because you, dear reader, are going to be one of the many, the brilliant, who make this part of your tradition. No one has yet ever regretted putting a poem in a shop*. So, get ready, you have a few days yet to get yourselves in gear. Why not visit 2009's interim report to get ye in the mood. Click here for it.
And here's a picture of a boy with a balloon just to get ye in the mood.
* in that so far no one, to my knowledge has been arrested.