Originally Blogging the Artist's Way. Thoughts, musings, experience of the 12-week course, January to March 2006. And after that?.... Life, creativity, writing. Where does it all meet? Here, perhaps.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The March of the Guerrilla Poet

Did I do it? Yes. I did. I began right here, in the town where I live. I had a few errands to run before I left on Friday, so, when passing a bookshop, I nipped in, and deposited a poem in a copy of one of the secondary (high-school) poetry textbooks. My photo is of the exterior of the shop, but you can take my word for it that a Denise Levertov section also contains a copy of my poem, "Why I Love Poetry"

Then, I moved to the post office, to send off a package to my son, and left a poem on the counter. Here, I got braver, and actually took my camera out to capture the deposit:

Having completed my errands, it was time to begin the 200+ mile drive to visit my family. There were a few stops: At a petrol-station for a loo-break:

At the tea-rooms just by the churchyard where WB Yeats is buried (I left a poem on a table in the tea-rooms... couldn't bring myself to leave one at his grave)

In my home-town, shopping in a health-food store for some nice relaxing music, I found a magazine for sustainable-living, and tucked in a poem there:

And, on the return journey today, at the ladies' room in a pub called 'The Yeats Tavern':

What I've realised: I can do these things. It's taking the photographs that pose the most challenge for me, and, if I was disseminating someone else's poems rather than my own, I'd be much braver. Anyone want to do a swap?

Am I proud of myself? Yes, I am.

Will I do it again? Yes, Yes, Yes.

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At 24/4/07 9:26 pm, Anonymous MsShad said...

Oh, I was looking forward to reading about this.

Made me laugh about the gravesite tho. Chicken.

At 25/4/07 2:21 am, Blogger deirdre said...

I love it!

At 25/4/07 4:31 am, Anonymous tinker said...

You did it! Woo-hoo, Imelda! You are definitely a courageous (and inspiring) Guerilla Poet.
Perhaps you will change a few minds about poetry - one word at a time...

At 25/4/07 8:34 am, Blogger Caroline said...

No, I disagree with msshad you were not chicken about the grave - respectful - I think you did this brilliantly in a way that doesn't get mistaken as littering - which would be a waste of paper anyway!

I especially love the idea of buying a poetry book - especially some set text maybe bought reluctantly - and getting a poem in it about why you love poetry - that strikes me as inspired!

At 26/4/07 6:31 pm, Anonymous amy said...

Hooray! I have to get out there and do this myself. Although I did help out with some poetry readings at the local arts festival this weekend. It felt like guerilla poetry, since most people sort of stared at us like we were crazy while we read next to the kettle corn vendor.

At 26/4/07 6:37 pm, Blogger Tammy said...

That is VERY impressive! Good for you!

At 28/4/07 3:42 am, Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Good for you!

At 9/5/07 6:31 am, Blogger liz elayne said...

oh i love this!!! makes me so happy!


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