The Pickled Body – Call for Submissions. Deadline September 30th.
A new online poetry quarterly.
Theme for issue one: “The Red Shoes”
Send up to three poems, up to 40 lines each, to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30th
The Pickled Body, a new online poetry quarterly, comes dancing into the world in early winter 2013. For the first issue, our theme is The Red Shoes.
We love Kate Bush’s 1993 album The Red Shoes, inspired by a film we adore, Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 masterpiece – itself inspired by Andersen’s timeless fairytale. Among other things, The Red Shoes explores the conflict between dedicating your life to art and allowing the quotidian world to stop the dance.
So we want poems that possess or are possessed. Poems that move, that ache, that vibrate with the same energy as the Powell and Pressburger film or the music of Kate Bush. Poems that ask “have you ever seen a picture of Jesus laughing” (Why Should I Love You?); that say “it’s all right, I’ll come round when you’re not in” (You’re the One); that whisper: “just being alive, it can really hurt” (Moments of Pleasure); that “split me open with devotion” (Eat the Music). Poems that sing powerfully with the fire in your own life when you create, and you find those shoes impossible to take off.
You write because you must – but at what cost? Show us what possesses you. Send up to three of your best to email@example.com by September 30th. As for wearing red shoes while composing – we’d particularly like to receive poems written while wearing nothing else.
The Pickled Body