25 May 2010

Toronto Poetry Vendors

OK, so Elisabeth de Mariaffi and Carey Toane have got some poetry vending machines going. They seem to be pretty sweet. There's one already installed at This Ain't the Rosedale Library.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 26) I'm taking part in the installation of another machine at a coffee joint on Dupont. Presumably I'll be reading my poem right outta the gizmo.

Worth noting that there has been one other poetry vending machine in Canada (that I know about): the bubble-gum-style contraption that Tamara Fairchild and Maria Erskine run some years back, in Toronto and Ottawa. Theirs was a travelling machine.

Here's the skinny on tomorrow's TPV launch:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ezra's Pound
238 Dupont St.
Toronto, ON

Toronto Poetry Vendors invites you and your toonies to celebrate our growing empire of mechanized poetry, as we launch a third machine at Ezra's Pound on Dupont St. Come listen to the clink of change as TPV contributors Kevin Connolly, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Andrew Faulkner, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Stuart Ross, Jenny Sampirisi, Meaghan Strimas, Carey Toane and Paul Vermeersch drop a coin and read their poems...

Over and out.


At May 28, 2010 12:16 pm , Blogger Pearl said...

very cool idea. hope those keep spreading.

At June 06, 2010 10:51 am , Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Stu: Louis Rastelli's been doing poetry (and other art) in vending machines (mostly old cigarette machines) since 2001 here in Montreal. http://distroboto.archivemontreal.org/ and art-o-mat's been doing it in the US for a long time, too: http://www.artomat.org/home.html It's a great addition to the Toronto landscape, and I look forward to pulling a lever and getting some poetry next time I'm in town.


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