Tade Ipadeola ( Nigeria) was co-curator of A Deeper Country, our CS Lewis themed curation with EastSide Arts and Belfast City Council. He was an absolute joy to work with, and with the wonders of the internet, although we have never met, we were still able to collaborate across the thousands of miles and put beautiful poetry into the streets of Belfast.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This beautiful poem is Storm Song by Eleanor Hooker. Listen up.
It featured on “Another Country’ a special curation of poems in which poets responded to the work of CS Lewis. It was chosen by Tade Ipadeola. We were supported by East Side Arts in Belfast and by Belfast City Council. The Poetry Jukebox was in CS Lewis Square.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Common Places by Andrew Roycroft, featured on ‘A Deeper Country’, homage to CS Lewis and curated by Tade Ipadeola. It was hosted in CS Lewis Square Belfast by EastSide Arts. @CSLewisFest
Poetry Jukebox puts poetry into public space. This jukebox is at the Crescent Arts Centre Belfast. This poem Hand Me Down by Anita Gracey was part of our Song Of Myself curation of poems at CS Lewis Square. The poems launched the only jukebox in the world which includes features to make it more accessible to disabled people.
Hand-Me-Down by Anita Gracey, read by Peter Gracey
You are a ploughed dark field,
overturned soil swaddles
your heart as treasure,
Clontibret’s tapped seam1
you pinned my paintings up,
each one a Gerard Dillon
your kisses a first-aid box,
arguments sticking plaster
smiles as stretch-marks,
you had Willow pattern teacups,
on birthdays we raised our pinky’s
your laugh a grandstand,
one-liners own goals
freckles as rosary beads,
always to be counted on
arms comfort blankets,
carries my worries
you said, when asleep you sigh
my snore is Herculean
your voice as I waken,
a brass band of blessings
when you died, grief was the sea,
a hurricane I was treading
a boat was your face,
the drogue2 I let go
bequeathed in burnished thoughts,
in time, I’m a sunbeam.
1A huge untapped seam of gold has been discovered near Clontibret in County Monaghan.
The seam, found in 2008, is believed to be the biggest ever located in Ireland.