Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Lightness

Mark and I had a day release yesterday. So where did we go? Here's a clue...



And here's another one...





And then when we got back we got down to the serious business of Niamh's poems in shops month (she has quite a few different posts about it so I've linked to the blog rather than to a specific post). Here is my 'Save the trees' postcard going crackers...




And here it is in with wrapping paper...(for full text of poem click on pic to enlarge or go to my website under poems and modern world)




I left the card behind. Hidden...undercover...

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33 comments:

Titus said...

Arbroath? Aberdeen? Brechin? Braemar? Carnoustie? Carluke? Don't know.

Very professional Poems in Shops operation indeed! Excellent choice, great execution.

Rachel Fox said...

Shouting out all the possible answers? Choose one!

And flattery will get you...well, nowhere this time.
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Titus said...

That's a clue!
Arbroath. If in doubt, go with your first answer.

Rachel Fox said...

I don't think Arbroath has any streets that wide!
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Titus said...

My Scottish knowledge can be written on the back of a Christmas stamp.
Just off for a work meeting in a town. Can feel an opportunity presenting itself...

Technogran said...

I haven't a clue. As I never travel anywhere apart from my home town, sorry.......Bolehill??? Aberystwyth?? Oh sorry that's in Wales isn't it? Ooops!

Rachel Fox said...

No, Titus! You know everything about everything!

And Technogran...it's years since I've been to Wales. But nice idea.
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shug said...

Aberdeen

Rachel Fox said...

Indeed it was. We had a joyful child-free 24 hours...food, drink, music, even some shopping. And the trains were on time and quiet. Bliss.
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McGuire said...

Gorilla poetry. Not poetry by Gorillas, you see, but placing poetry in places people will discover it. Some poeple do it in America. I used to do it at the occassional bus stop.

I'm now going to print off loads of them and do it again. Thanks for reminding me. Gorilla poetry should be encouraged to all poets.

Clandestine secret army of the POE-A-TREE.

Rachel Fox said...

Oh yes, I love all that stuff. I love the idea of poems venturing off round the place..freed from the prisons of books and bookshelves! That's one reason I've always done poetry cards and I'm just putting together some new card designs as it 'appens. Well...we are putting together some new designs I should say (Mark is visual consultant as well as IT consultant...I'm just the poetry puppet).
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swiss said...

a joyfyl shild free 24hrs? from that wee darling! lol

Rachel Fox said...

I know... she is lovely of course...but still...a little break now and then keeps a parent sane. Well, sane-ish.
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McGuire said...

Yes, how do you get those cards made? I'm useless at all that stuff. I really must learn. I'm printing stuff off now as I type.

How do you do it? All I'm doing it simply by using some unusual paper from artstore and standard ink.

I know you can't tell me all the secrets but I'd love to know some.

Keep up the good words and get them scattered all over the place. Viva le revolution! ;)

The Weaver of Grass said...

I do love the idea of leaving poetry on shelves in shops - very brave of you to do it.
Where the photos were taken I have no idea - but on reading down I see it was Aberdeen. So a secret poem lurks in a shop in Aberdeen - rather like the message in a bottle methinks.

Niamh B said...

A lovely poem, and perfect location choice there, I love the wood door image...
Thanks so much for taking part!!
- a lovely poem for someone to find and take home and treasure...

Totalfeckineejit said...

Oh I am a bonnie Weaver and I come from Bonnie Dundee, like the cake. Don't know anything about Aberdeen, only ever been to dear old Glasgae town a couple of times and some posh place on the banks of Loch Lomond that charged 14 pounds for a Bucks Fizz that I had to buy somebody's wife for picking me up the previous night from the aiport and saving me the 10 pound taxi fare.Doh!That left me with 7 pound to enjoy the night.One of the many places that I've almost drowned is the firth of forth / clyde estuary.. near 'The Sugar Boat' apparently.
Great poem in the shop, fine stylee.Yahoo!

Rachel Fox said...

I don't print the cards myself McGuire. We design them on publisher or something (just use a photo and the text) and then I send/take that to a printers and pay them to print them out. The money comes back slowly but it does come back. I have had quite regular repeated orders from quite a few places and I like to be able to send them out to people who are or who might be interested. Some of them have quite taken on lives of their own!

No Weaver, the postcard challenge was undertaken a little closer to home...

Yes, TFE, sometimes saving money doesn't quite work out the way it should...

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Titus said...

I want a Technogran! Absolutely priceless.

Rachel Fox said...

You might be one one day...
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hope said...

Hmmm, what if I leave one of your cards in a shop in America? ;)

Or is that cheating?

Rachel Fox said...

That would be fine, I'm sure. Let me know if you need more supply!
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A Cuban In London said...

Not quite sure what the location is, but it looks northern(ish). And you left a card undercovered and told everyone about it on a public blog... Hmmm... :-). My review of your book will come out in early January. I have just read it again and it's great. I have been sharing you with Nabokov, hope you don't mind. :-)

Greetings from London.

Rachel Fox said...

Much looking forward to that review, CiL. I haven't had one in a while.
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Red Bird said...

Ah, love the pretty lights... and love the poem!
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Dominic Rivron said...

Sad to see Shug got the place! I was just going to start researching those photos to find out where they were.

I'll have to try this poems in shops thing myself.

Titus' list of places ("Arbroath? Aberdeen? Brechin? Braemar? Carnoustie? Carluke?") sounds like an excuse for a limerick competition to me.

As for DIY poetry cards, I once bought some "correspondence cards" from the newsagent/stationers (postcards with 2 blank sides), and set the printer and wordprocessor to make/print a document that size. It's quite easy then to knock off cards with poems and illustrations on. In fact I've still got a pile. I think I'll go shopping...

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks RB. Many lovelys I like.

And Dominic - look forward to seeing the fruits of your gorilla labour.

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smith3000 said...

A friend used to do something similar. He kept a dream diary and then cut up passages, added other bits and pieces and pasted up the results on bus shelters.

Some of it was quite challenging, to say the least. His record was one piece staying up for just a couple of minutes before some outraged passerby ripped it down.

I'm sure your postcards will last a lot longer than that.

Rachel Fox said...

Do I know that 'friend'?
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Dominic Rivron said...

As for the fruits of my labour, I went and left one of the DIY cards in a poetry book in the Oxfam shop today. Struck me as a good way of getting people to read what I'd written. Stuck it in a book I liked the look of myself.

smith3000 said...

It wasn't me - really. It was a mate called Julian used to write for the Big Issue in the North.

Be interesting to see if anyone ever gets in touch through finding one of your cards somewhere. I think that would be a very lovely thing.

Emerging Writer said...

I did it too. Thanks for the idea of printing on postcards. See my blog for the evidence.

Rachel Fox said...

It's been a great campaign! More for 2010!
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