First Poetry Jukebox in New York

Poetry jukebox is just what it sounds like: a jukebox with poetry. In honor of Allen Ginsberg’s 90th birthday anniversary, the New York poetry jukebox will play a selection of 20 beat generation poems by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others.

The opening of the first American poetry jukebox on June 3 was the part of the HOWL! festival organized by Bowery Poetry Club. Through the poetry jukebox, which will be installed right in front of the Bowery Poetry Club, at the corner of CBGB, you can also listen to a poem by Patti Smith, a little tribute to the former music club CBGB.

This form of sound art installation is getting increasingly more popular. It is now possible to listen to the original voices of poets in several cities in the Czech Republic, but also in Russia, Ukraine (antiwar poetry) and The United Kingdom (young contemporary European poets) and even in Italy, where it has been a part of the contemporary art exhibition in Venice – Architecture Bienalle. Other cities, that are awaiting their own poetry jukebox is Berlin, Lodz and Brussels in the coming year. 

3 / 06 / 2016
New York