Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Guidelines for a Glovebox Poem

Guidelines (for The First One):
- For length, I'd love it if the piece that's about a page or two long.  

- Poems can be unpublished, but previously published poems are just fine too. If they are previously published, please tell me in what journal and what issue, so I can give credit. [I include this because there have been times when I've wished a revision could make it out there again.  Because this is a different medium than a journal, and as long as rights have reverted back to you, I think it's all right. Besides, clearly I dig the taste of those previous editors, and am happy to promote their fine journal while I promote your kick-ass art.]

- Email them to adam.s.deutsch(at)gmail.com, with "Glovebox Poem by" in the title.  

- I'll be making these by hand with as many found materials as possible, so please be patient. 

Because this is the first time I'm doing this, and have no idea how they'll come out, I'm not sure how much text will appear on each little page (each page is about 1/4 of a piece of paper, and there are about 6 of those).  

As far as distribution, I'm making enough to give one copy to everyone who submits something, and a few extra for the author.  I'll mail a free copy of the finished product to everyone who sends me their address in their submission.   I'll put a stack of them in the mail to the person whose poem I select to make the Glovebox Poem for. I'll make as many as I can from the materials I've found to put towards it--I'm hoping there will be around 50.

Just to be clear, I'm not selling these.  I'm not going to make a dime from them.  I'm doing this as a project.  It's an experiment.  I don't expect it to be the greatest poetry project produced all year.  The intention is to make something cool, and quite literally allow that cool little thing to get lost in your car or in a trunk or in the garage, and then have it found later later.  It's just to bring some wonder and joy to the lucky person who stumbles upon it later.  

This first one will feature cover art by a local stencil artist who doesn't want to be identified at this time so that they don't get scooped up by the fuzz.  


mercedes said...

What dimensions do you plan on using for the book?

Gabriel Gadfly said...

This sounds like a really great idea. I'll send a submission sometime this week, once I figure out what poem I want to submit.

Adam Deutsch said...

Hi Mercedes,

The pages will be about 1/4 the size of an 8.5 x 11 paper, and the size of the text will depend on the length and format of the poem.