Thursday, March 06, 2008

Free, Minimal-Time-Commitment Ways To Participate in the Poetry Gift Economy

New feature at the Cackling Jackal!

From time to time I'll post suggestions, more like "tips" -- ones you can do to "help make a difference." Like, for instance, did you know you can save electricity by unplugging your cell phone recharger when you're not using it? Apparently (according to a lady on the radio), if the chargers are plugged in, they use the same amount of electricity whether or not they're actually charging something.

Also, I heard you can lose weight simply by cutting out sodas and juices and instead drinking water.

Small changes to improve your life and help the world thrive!

Now don't you feel good about yourself? But really, is there something you can do to help poets and poetry publications stay afloat, something as simple as unplugging a cord or drinking a glass of water?

Why, yes there are some easy, no fuss things! Here's one:

Did you know, as a patron or a student or a teacher, if you request for a library to order a book they don't currently shelve, sometimes they will order the book? Have a favorite small press or author you'd like to support? Request for your local or university library to carry their book.

Worst case scenario: the librarian tells you to go fuck yourself. Like that hasn't happened before!

7 Comments:

At 8:19 AM, Blogger shanna said...

that unplug-it tip actually works for most electrical appliances. i use it in my kitchen and with other electronics we don't use daily. when you add up all the electrical outlets in your house, yowsa, it does make a difference.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger shannon said...

unfortunately, i've tried recommending books to my local library & they only order through a certain distributor (i can't remember the name right now). i will say they did look for what i suggested, but wouldn't get it since their distributor didn't carry it. :(

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Matthew W. Schmeer said...

This works especially well if you are a grad student, an adjunct instructor, or a full-time faculty member at a college or university. Some English departments are given book budgets by the campus library, and you can request or recommend books for purchase.

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger DeadMule said...

When I was a MALS student at Wake Forest, I told a classmate (also a member of the acquisitions department at the library) that the library didn't have a certain book I needed for a paper. A couple of weeks later, she brought me a copy and told me there was now a copy in the library, also. It probably won't ever happen this way again to anyone, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Helen Losse

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger Ana Božičević-Bowling said...

Totally unrelated, forgive me, but: the best profile photo, Reb. Ever.

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger early hours of sky said...

I'm married to a librarian and E has told me to go "fuck myself" on a number of occassions.

Just so ya know it happens;)

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Charles said...

The juice and soda thing is true, even if you only drink diet soda.

1. Sugar is evil, empty calories like beer.
2. Carbonated beverages, sweetened or not, go right to your gut (beer's double whammy)
3. Pure water is one of the best things you can do for your body. Being fully hydrated is crucial to good health!

 

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