We like… The Itinerant Poetry Librarian

June 3, 2009

itinerant poetry librarianThe Itinerant Poetry Librarian has been traversing the world on a shoestring continuously since May 2006. In short: “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!”

‘They’ (though, as far as we can gather, she mostly employs the royal we) are equipped with a free public library, which is installed with librarian, and archives the sounds, poems and poetry of the cities, peoples and countries she meets.

They’ve now clocked up over 1000 hours of public library service, in 11 countries & 21 cities worldwide, in over 150 different locations. That’s a lot of energy and love to the power of poetry and the wonder of libraries. We say brava.

She’s got a new website; an excellent place to pootle about, it was particularly lovely to read the notes people have left her and the random factoids (why does Leipzig have two National Libraries of Germany based there? why does the Manchester Central Library have a cool dome structure and an entire floor dedicated to Chinese language books?) about libraries she’s visited. Edinburgh next…?

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