Monday, April 9, 2012

Latern Review: Poetry Month Digital Broadsides

The Lantern Review is embarking on an interesting project for National Poetry Month. This month, they've paired designers with poets to create a series of free digital broadsides. Anyone can download them, print them, post them, or use them as desktop wallpaper. The Review is also posting a series of Pocket Broadsides on Tumblr.

This month, I'll be talking to ten different 5th grade classrooms about how broadsides were used to advertise songs during the Civil War Era. I love the concept of reviving the broadside format to spread poetry in the digital world!

Digital Broadside #1: Vanitas (poem by R. A. Villanuevas, design by Debbie Yee)

Pocket Broadside #1: Vanni Taing

1 comment:

Iris (LANTERN REVIEW Editor) said...

Thank you so much for posting about our Digital Broadsides and Pocket Broadsides projects, Josephine! (Though I should note that we did Pocket Broadsides in collaboration with another magazine, KARTIKA REVIEW, so the credit for that particular project belongs as much to them as it does to us).

I'm so excited to hear that you will be sharing about our broadsides in the classroom. It's rare enough that we (as poets) get to think of the history of print, so I am so glad to hear that you'll be giving students the opportunity. Best of luck with the lesson, and I hope you'll consider sending us an email (editors [at] lanternreview [dot] com) to share with us how it goes!

Iris Law (LANTERN REVIEW Editor)