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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

IPYPIASM - Poet, grasp thy pen

 Okay, IPYPIASM (International Put Your Poem in a Shop Month) is now in its fifth year. In a nutshell, do what it says on the tin. Write a poem, put it in a shop, photo it, leave it there for other shoppers to enjoy, post the evidence to your blog, notify the official scorekeeper, who, this year, is the wonderful Titus
Although it is absolutely NOT a competition, Scotland and the USA have been running away with it this year, with just a lone pre-emptive strike from Emerging Writer on the board for Ireland,
Unaccustomed as I am to venturing into shops, particularly at this time of the year, national shame forced me into a blitz on the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.
First, into Harvey Normans (sorry that should read HARR - VAYYY NORR MAN!!!!)

Next to a store I'm afraid I've forgotten the name of. Think it might be called What? Does cheap Christmassy decs and lights and household goods. Its next to Inspiring Ideas, if anyone knows Blanch.

Thirdly, into Woodies, which is a big department store and garden centre

That would have been it but then I was dragged into the main part of the centre and made sit and wait while she examined every top in Dunnes. So I had my camera. I robbed a pencil from beside the till in Fields and then removed a 40% off tag from Dorothy Perkins, wrote a not very good poem and got a fourth one in for the lads.
Bit hard to read - Christmas time is getting near / time to choose your Christmas gear. But shopper, wait! To clothe your soul / put some poems in your bowl.
So come on, poets, leave out the middlemen who say they love your poems but can't use them at this time. Bring your poems direct to the people. Spread some poetry this Christmas!
For a brief history of IPYPIASM go here 


  1. Whay-Hey in Waterford! Magnificent effort, and I was almost minded to give you an extra point for the ultra-themed approach. Almost.

    I am particularly taken with the first, even though my inability to listen to Roger McGough's voice is on record.

    I see Scotland is going to have to unleash Hell.
    Not that it's a competition.

  2. I too especially like the first poem !

    cheers, parsnip

  3. i love all of these, but what i love even more is the tagline "give the gift of poetry this christmas" - if i actually get around to IPAPIASM then that is definately going on the bottom of mine!

  4. Harvey Norman (really loud) fantastic P. Love them

  5. Brilliant! As per usual. I'm doing another one tonight - doesn't do to get behind! Not competing is exhausting!