How to Poetry Bomb a Thrift Store


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You’re at the Salvation Army looking for a lamp, a canoe paddle, or a new old shirt when you hear something rustling in the clothes rack next to you. If you’re in Miami, it might be artist Agustina Woodgate, who is on a mission to spread poetry to the masses with a renegade needle and thread.

Woodgate is poetry bombing thrift stores, says Booooooom, a creativity-celebrating Vancouver website. She prints lines from Sylvia Plath and Li Po onto clothing labels, pre-threads a number of needles, nonchalantly enters the targeted second-hand store, and stealthily sews the labels into hanging garments. One tag features these lines from Po’s poem “Waking Up Drunk on a Spring Day”: “Life is a huge dream / why work so hard?” Woodgate hurriedly attaches it to a shirt collar, periodically looking over her shoulder for security guards.    

Part of the poetry festival O, Miami, Woodgate’s guerilla-style project aims to surprise and inspire with verse out of context. She says:

Sewing poems in clothes is a way of bringing poetry to everyday life just by displacing it, by removing it from a paper to integrate it and fuse it with our lives. Sometimes little details are stronger when they are separated from where they are expected to be.

Watch the inarguably fetching video of Woodgate in action at Miami’s Community Family Thrift Store here:


Ben Austin
7/6/2011 11:20:59 PM

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PenPoint Editorial Services
7/4/2011 7:34:08 AM

I love this idea, although I agree with the above commenter - try double sided tape.Or, if you feel that you must sew, why not take the clothes into the dressing rooms - this way you don't have to duck and hide while you're doing it?

Amy Glaser
7/1/2011 12:38:56 PM

I love this! Although sewing tags into the clothes seems a bit putzy. I think I'd do double stick tape and hope that it stayed affixed.

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