Usually if someone calls and want’s to bring 25 or 30 teenagers( who are not going to spend a dime,) to my store, I’d be rather leary. But when Montana’s Poet Laureate, Sheryl Noethe, called and wanted to bring her high school poetry students to the store for a reading, it was a no brainer. Not only do I have a love of poetry, but Ms. Noethe and Circle Square have some history. In 1995, PBS made a film of her poem “Goodwill Thrift Store, Missoula“ with Circle Square sitting in for the, by then ,defunct downtown Goodwill. So it was super cool to have her come back and read the poem “in situ,” and teach the student’s how any object or happening can be the genesis of a poem.
Photo by Tony Demin for the New York Times
Got an email from my son Luke to check out this article in the New York Times about politics in Montana. Wait a minute, thats the front window of the store! Sweet. Unfortunately they didn’t give the store a plug but still very cool. I remember the girl and thought the guy taking pictures had an awfully nice camera. The hat is off the rack from circle square and what you can’t see is her teeshirt says VOTE F*#ckers.
We’re old and a tad tattered, but folks still like to take photos of the Circle Square. It’s a Missoula landmark. Here’s a slideshow of images from Flickr.
And here’s a gallery of images that we took ourselves.