powell’s deserves a giant round of applause for accommodating our weirdness.
even though they are known for being a huge, crazy-cool portland bookstore, how they dealt with this could have been way different.
I did stop by the store about an hour before doing this and tip off the girl working at the desk in the blue (poetry) room that there might be a little silent gathering of people and not to be alarmed.
doing ninja things like this can be hard to balance. they’re not SUPPOSED to be official or organized, but I also never want to be disrespectful in any space, or irritate people going about their average workday, or piss anybody off in general.
all told, there may have been a few grumpy powell’s customers wondering why the poetry section was so crowded, but I think we probably karimically made up for it with the fact that about 60 people bought (mostly poetry!) books in powell’s that day who hadn’t been planning to.
any lesser bookstore probably would have kicked us out promptly. powell’s just sent a handful of extra employees to make sure the scene was under control…and they let us be.
thank you, powell’s.
and for good measure, here’s their website. go buy a book.