Eyes Are The Window Poetry Submission, Deadline 4/30

Submissions are now being accepted through April 30, 2015 for the 2015 Eyes Are The Window Digital Poetry Exhibition. Poets of all ages are welcome to participate.

In Celebration of National Poetry Month, Amherst Together and the Amherst Public Art Commission presents the 2015 Eyes Are The Window Digital Poetry Exhibition, sponsored by Amherst Together and the Amherst Public Art Commission.

Boltwood Poem Windows is a public artwork, installed in the exterior wall of the headhouse of the Boltwood Walk parking garage in 2002. The artist, Ritsuko Taho, collaborated with architects and engineers to create urban sculptural installations, using public art to encourage community participation within her installations. Funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Amherst Cultural Council, the poems were originally presented character by character in green liquid crystal in five digital display windows. Today, the poems will be programmed remotely and displayed on mini iPads, which were installed behind the garage windows in January, 2015. The purpose remains for audience interaction and inspiration to be part of the art work.

“Revitalizing Ritsuko’s poem windows is one great way to engage our community in a deeper reflection of identity,” says Carol Ross, Director of Amherst Together. “My hope is that a diversity of expression in poetry will give us a glimpse of who we are here in Amherst.”

The theme this year is identity. Inspired by Shakespeare’s quote, “The eyes are the window to the soul”, poets are asked to answer the question, “When I look into your eyes, what will I see?”. The first five (5) poems selected for exhibition will be announced in May. Another 125 poems will be selected and displayed in rotation through May 2016.

Poem drop boxes will also be available at Jones Library through April 30. For info on how to submit, visit: http://www.amhersttogether.org/eyesarethewindow