The idea is inspired by a lot of really talented small book makers, and also from the feeling of joy and wonder that's come when I've found some artifact in a car, under a motorcycle seat, or in the sidebox on a Vespa. Sometimes it's a flyer from an event or an old photograph. Maybe next time, it'll be a poem.
- 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- Poems can be unpublished, but previously published poems are just fine too.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.
Check the guidelines before for some tweaks that have been made.
Claire of www.readthispress.com & http://www.onenightstanzas.com sent a quick email of support, but also asked for a little more clarity on the project. I've done the best I can to be a little more specific and have come to this conclusion: I don't know how it's going to come out, because it's an experiment. I totally understand if this make you not want to send something--if you want one, let me know, and I'll send you one anyway.
Like I say in the guidelines, and in The Gist off to the left, I just want to make a little mini-book that is going to get lost, and then found one of these days. And when that person finds it, I hope they love the poem as much as I love making it and giving it to you. Personally, I'm gonna keep one for myself, and put it at the bottom of my tool box.