Sunday, July 10, 2005

I love finding poetry in unexpected places, so I was excited when my poem "Nashi" was recently selected to appear on java jackets at Michaelangelo's and Fair Trade coffee houses in Madison, WI. The poetic java jackets are part of Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, the brainchild of poet Shoshauna Shy, who wanted to bring poetry out of the library and the classroom. The website lists some of her previous campaigns:

In the summer of 2004, 18 different poets from all parts of the country had their poems laminated onto bookmarks and attached to 90 bicycles belonging to Budget Bicycle's Red Bikes "free" rental pool. In the fall of 2004, 15 poets contributed to hand-sized books placed in the glove compartments of Community Car which is a local company that has a fleet of cars shared by a membership.

I think this is so wonderful. Poetry should be everywhere.


Anonymous said...

I think poetry should be everywhere too. Keep up the great writing.

gayle said...

Thanks! :)