In Deep Time – Tada Ipadeola

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 Request Time – Amanda Bell @gagebybell

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street installation of poetry. This poem The Sleepless, is by Amanda Bell. It was part of Another Country, poems in homage to CS. Lewis.

 

Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Eleanor Hooker @EleanorHooker @EastSideArtsBel

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 – Request Time – Andrew Roycroft @roycroftpoetry @CSLewisFest @EastSideArtsBel

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 Request Time – Anita Gracey

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,

elastic purrs

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.