Poetry Jukebox: Song of Myself

Deadline: 23 Sep 2019

International and critically acclaimed poets Alice McCullough and Maria McManus co-curate an international edition of first-class contemporary poetry for the on-street audio installation, Poetry Jukebox. This edition, drawn from a world-wide call for submissions, will feature the work of first-class poets who self-identify as disabled.

In 2017, Belfast International Festival launched the very first Poetry Jukebox on the island of Ireland. It's back with a world first: this curation will also launch the latest Poetry Jukebox
that integrates specific features to enhance disability access for deaf people and wheelchair users. Launching 16th October 2019 and sited at CS Lewis Square for the duration of the Belfast International Festival 2019, the poems on the new jukebox will be available 24 hours a day.

Submission criteria – please read carefully!


- Each poet can send a maximum of one poem.
- Submission by Sunday 23rd September 2019.
- Please include SONG OF MYSELF in the subject line.
- Email to poetryjukebox@gmail.com.
- Poems on any subject, can be submitted in print or audio formats.
- Print format poems should be included in the body of your email, along with a short
biographical note (maximum 50 words).
- Where possible please submit good quality sounds files in MP3 or WAV format (smart phone voice files or good quality dictaphones such as Zoom H1 are ideal recording devices). See the guidance notes below about recording.
- Don’t worry if you can’t do the recording; if your poem is selected and you need support with recording, the organisers will assist. 

 

Some guidance for making a good enough recording:


• The jukebox is in a public space and children may be listening, so profanity will automatically rule out a poem’s use.
• Each poem should be no longer than two minutes when read aloud, but one minute or one minute and thirty seconds works best in this format.
• Find a quiet space to do your recording. Listen for, and become aware of any background noise, such as traffic, clicks, pets, children etc, and then do something to minimise the background noises – such as closing doors, closing the curtains, going
to a different room etc.
• Use a Smart phone such as an iPhone, Experia or similar.
• Go to the Voice Memo app.
• It is helpful to place your phone on top of a pile of books, 8-12 inches from your mouth. Putting it on top of a pile of books will keep the phone steady
• Read in a natural voice but pay attention to your diction.
• Read the TITLE (wait 2 beats), read the POEM – there’s no need to give your name – it will be on the jukebox if your poem is selected.

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