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This is a call for self-identified queer poets to submit works for display on a Public Art sculpture in highly-trafficked Riverside Park, Manhattan, NY.
The sculpture by artist Sarah E. Brook will be comprised of a series of tall wooden windowed structures with translucent, color-gradient panels that will align with the sun setting over the Hudson River. A meandering bench will wind through the piece, providing a place for reflection and contemplation. Brook’s work explores alignment by way of an intimacy with expanse, paying particular attention to the way queer and gender identities are affirmed through resonant physical and psychological orientations to space. Free public programming promoting queer health and wellness will accompany the installation, which will be completed in the Summer of 2018.
We are seeking short poetry submissions–15 words maximum–on experiences of transformation and queer self-actualization to activate the sculpture with text. Titles are optional and will be counted toward the word limit; a fragment of a longer piece that can stand as a resolved work is also welcome. Previously published work is acceptable. Each text will be engraved on an individual piece of clear plexiglass and installed in a mosaic with the other poems along the bench of the sculpture. Selected poets will be featured on the project website, and promoted alongside the public programming.
Please submit one PDF containing up to 3 poems, each no longer than 15 words. Because this project is affiliated with the Parks Department, text should be appropriate for a wide public audience. Call closes 2/28/2018.
Link to project page here.