Thursday, 15 December 2011


Went to Darlington today. Decided to combine a bit of Christmas shopping with International Put Your Poem In A Shop Month. I placed four in all : three I've written (and posted) before, plus one I wrote specially for the occasion. Below the poems you'll find a flickr slideshow with the documentary evidence! Which poem went in which shop is self explanatory.

Banana Poem


Love in the Café

Just across the way from me
sat a woman, drinking herbal tea.
Her other hand played on the screen
of a shiny new hand-held machine.
I drank up, left, felt very green:
it was the coolest phone I'd seen.

In A Bookshop

All you can see through the tall windows are
the rooftops of the city, and the sky
(both crinkled slightly by the imperfect glass).
This partial view serves to convey a sense
of stillness in which people linger, drawn
to contemplate the stacks, searching the spines
for words they hadn't thought of, books that might provide
some sort of landmark on a mental map.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.


Niamh B said...

Lovely stuff Dominic - especially like the banana poem ;-)

HyperCRYPTICal said...

My thoughts (lovely stuff) exactly Dominic - I especially like Love in the Cafe.

Did you have to place the poems surreptitiously?

Anna :o]

Gerry Snape said...

dominic are a star!! I love the flickr thingy too..I must try and add it to my site. Brilliant! Oh and the poems are great too!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I do wish I had joined in - I did think of leaving a few around Tesco but couldn't think of anything appropriate.

Rachel Fox said...

It's a vintage year!

The Dead Acorn said...

Well done!

The Solitary Walker said...

What's all this about putting poetry in shops, then? They ought to put some in Waterstone's - the poetry shelves are dire in my local branch. Under 'C' only Cope, no Coleridge, and as for Clute, well, in your dreams.

The Bug said...

Brilliant! I ventured out this evening to place my 3rd poem in a shop. I really should arrange to go to more than one place per week :)

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments, everyone!

Two specifics: I didn't draw attention to myself planting the poems - not because I thought shops would tell me to get lost but because I thought the surprise of finding the poems and the anonymity were all part of the fun.

"What's all this about putting poetry in shops, then?" Simply that. Put a poem in a shop. Or lots of poems in lots of shops. Take a digi photo. Post. See

Argent said...

O like all these but I still LURVE the banana poem.

Peter Goulding said...

IPYPIASM has toured the world but its a thrill to see it extending to the cultural Mecca that is Darlington. The piano poem had me in stitches!

George said...

Not really sure what this IPYPIASM is all about, but I really liked each of these three short poems. All were very amusing, and the third one, the bookshop poem, really hit the mark with me, this memory of perusing through the stacks of bookshops, looking for no thing in particular, but hoping to stumble upon a surprise, have an epiphany, or meet the girl in the second poem.

John Hayes said...

Well done! I like the poems & I like the concept very much.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments, everyone!

Argent: Thank you. It was originally written on a banana, which is better I think. However, writing on a banana in Tesco's was obviously not on.

PG: Cultural Mecca. Hmmm... I once got into all sorts of trouble making remarks about a certain area of Britain. So 'nuff said. :)

George: Thank you! You just write or print a poem on a piece of paper and leave it in a shop. You photograph it for evidence.

John: Go for it! Is Portland ready for IPYPIASM? Last time I looked, the USA was lagging on the scoreboard, just one ahead of England.

the watercats said...

I enjoyed greatly the nod to the great, but oft overlooked poetic genius that was baldrick and his poem called war ;)
Great stuff all round!

Gwil W said...

It needn't only be shops of course. You can leave your anonymous poems on litter bins, derelict buildings, boarded up windows, church doors, pub toilets, billboards, or slip them between the pages of books in the library, etc., the list of suitable places is almost endless; uplifting seasonal ones perhaps this year . . .

Emerging Writer said...

Welcome to IPYPIASM. Finally got to poeticise Dublin city centre here.