Poetry sneak

April 21, 2009

Here begins a series of ways to sneak poetry into the everyday grind. Like eating greens, poetry is often thought ‘not to be for everyone’. With some subterfuge, they don’t even need to know…

#1: Bathroom poetry                                                                             

If you care to know, this is the view from our loo. Bards in the BogTaking our cue from the fine people up in Shetland, we’ve put some Bards in our Bog. Poems and bathrooms have gone together before: anyone recall ‘Please remember, don’t forget/ Never leave the bathroom wet..’ as seen on bathroom doors the country over? Now that a Japanese study has alleged that poetry in loos can help cut down on toilet paper used by up to 20%, toilet poetry can hold its head high. Green Planet have even come up with a handy help sheet on how to write your own.

But if you’d rather leave it to someone else, a top tip: the lovely website of Poetry Foundation provides lush downloadable poems for your fridge or bathroom door!

5 Responses to “Poetry sneak”

  1. Helen Says:

    At the Women’s Library, we have postcards and poems in the ladies, including Jackie Kay’s “Ma Broon Visits a Therapist” – never fails to raise a smile!

  2. spl5 Says:

    Good work Women’s Library. A library after our own heart. That poem is a corker tae!

  3. Suzanne Says:

    I’m over here in Colorado (USA) and my interest in reading “Ma Broon […]” is piqued. Which collection of Jackie Kay’s poems includes it?

  4. spl5 Says:

    Hey Suzanne, ‘Maw Brown Goes For Colonic Irrigation’ is in New Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Polygon, 2009) edited by Robert Crawford. The book blurb informs: ‘Twelve leading Scottish poets were asked to supply a selection of new work appropriate to Robert Burns’ title, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.’

    Here’s more on the Broons, too, in case you haven’t met them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Broons


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