The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology is over a thousand pages long. It includes poems by Adrienne Rich, Anne Waldman, and Allen Ginsberg, and by thousands of lesser- and unknown writers from around the world. The work is in multiple languages. And it’s coming to a library near you.
When the NYPD — invasion-clad and riot-tooled — swiftly and forcibly dislodged protestors of the Occupy Wall Street Movement from their stronghold in Zuccotti Park on November 15 last year, they mangled and destroyed, among other things, the so-called “people’s” library, an impressive collection of books generously made available to the public on a barter-basis: take one, leave one. A Gutenbergian species of free trade, if you will.
After the New York Mayor’s office assured the world via Twitter that the Occupy Wall Street library was “safely stored,” it has become apparent that the statement was a half-truth at best.