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This project categorizes entries in several ways:

  • author’s name
  • programming language or authoring software
  • textual behavior (see typology below)
  • year of publication
  • publication, exhibition, or topic
  • other descriptive information
  • “poetry” and “e-poetry” tags are there for SEO reasons.

Some of the most frequently used tags are from a typology of textual behaviors I developed in my dissertation, Typing the Dancing Signifier: Jim Andrews’ (Vis)Poetics, described below:

There is no agreed upon vocabulary for describing extra-linguistic characteristics of texts in digital media beyond the one already established for print texts. For that reason, I propose a typology of behaviors to describe textual characteristics possible in electronic/programmable media. The behavior characteristics and their values are the following:

  • Static texts are the default we are used to in print—they are texts that do not move on the screen.
  • Kinetic texts have words that move on the screen: this motion may be looped or linear, random, programmed, or responding to cues from the reader.
  • Responsive texts take advantage of the computers’ interface to allow for input from the reader, which may come most frequently from the mouse and keyboard. The input cues (such as links, hotspots, and keyboard enabling) may be manifest or hidden, allow for voluntary or involuntary interaction, and have immediate or postponed reactions to the reader’s input.
  • Mutable texts involve programmed or random changes and may also change due to reader interaction.
  • Scheduled texts may reveal themselves over time, which may be linear or looped; they may force a rate of reading by disappearing or scrolling; they may also trigger events over a programmed or random schedule.
  • Aural texts have a sound component, whether verbal, musical, or noise.

Building a typology is necessarily an exercise in personal observation and categorization—a perspective by which we can approach an e-poem or other e-text and hopefully gain greater insight about its meaning. This typology is neither prescriptive nor complete: it guides the reader’s eye for detail and invites contributions of new observable behaviors (25-6).