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 poem, Between Crossing & Passing, is by Deirdre Cartmill. It was integral to our curation Another Country, which responded to the work of CS Lewis and was commissioned by East Side Arts for CS Lewis Square and co-curated by Nigerian poet Tade Ipadeola. Deirdre also worked closely with me to set up the Poetry Jukebox project in 2017.
‘The secret is to walk evading nothing’, Alice Oswald
Croneshadow stumbles ahead of me catching
erratic feet on the tarmac ruched
as it is by roots her left foot sticking
as if in mud her stoop cranked up
by the pock-marked skin of the drystone wall
she is thrown on the angle of light sickish
orange in the early night. Her mouth
twitches down at the creases Bitchy
Resting Face though you cannot see it
dark on dark. You could say she exists
in relief except there is none not
for a structure like her misbuilt collapsing
inward with each jolt forward. I try
to right her. but she will not straighten. The more
I struggle the more she looks broken. She knows
more of pain than your charts can trace
but you will not acknowledge her hear her. Her name
is a slur. Her body is carrion. It is
too late for this.
My blood too sticky.
Her edges are blurring.
My legs are unravelling.
Her gown of bones is clacking clacking.
Will we ever reach home?
I sink in my clothes
till my breath melts the frost on the empty road.
She pushes ahead of me carries on walking.
Carries on walking.
Carries on walking.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, The Invisible by Polly Atkin was included in Song of Myself, poetry by D/deaf and disabled poets. It celebrated the launch of a jukebox which includes features which make it more accessible to disabled people. We launched in the Belfast International Festival in October 2019 at CS Lewis Square in East Belfast.
Poetry Jukebox is an on street audio installation of poetry. Here is Sasha Saben Callaghan. Her poem, Exotic Places was featured on our Song of Myself curation at CS Lewis Square. Song of Myself (D/deaf & Disabled Poets) was included in the Belfast International Festival in October 2019. We launched the only poetry jukebox in the world which includes some added features to make it more accessible to disabled people.
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, Between Ebb & Flow, is by Anne Casey. It was included in ‘A Deeper Country’, a curation in homage to CS Lewis. It was first installed at CS Lewis Square in East Belfast. This curation has done a bit of a ‘tour’, in that it has also travelled to Bangor for the Aspects Festival and also to the Alley Theatre in Strabane.
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