“Urbanalities” by Babel vs. Escha

Screen capture from "Urbanalities" by Babel vs. Escha. Black background with a red and white analogous clock face with a red vector shooting out in the middle of one and two.

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This “short story-poem-comic strip-musical” by Chris Joseph and María Colino consists of 10 highly stylized Flash pieces in the Dada and Constructivist traditions. Two particularly arresting poems are “River” and “Sex/Conception” (see images above) because of how they use their images and randomly generated texts.

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“Cruising” by Ingrid Ankerson and Megan Sapnar

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“Stir Fry Texts” by Jim Andrews

Screen shot from “Stir Fry Texts” by Jim Andrews. Black background with white, gray and blue text. Text: “I split the full scale mark – I choke/ Who now is the author? Who really ca/ the mail? Let him whine and fret ab/ important thing is not who writes or m/ the bookie can tell, then I begin di/ walked in. the hyacinth itself a wo/ Good way of rubbing n texts together/ bacteria of the reader, the various use-/ Good way to see what that langua/ Joseph Weizenbaum/ Computer Power and Human re.”

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“On Lionel Kearns” by Jim Andrews

Screen capture of “On Lionel Kearns” by Jim Andrews. A zero is formed out of ones (1), and a one is formed out of zeroes (0).

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“Nio” by Jim Andrews

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Hello world

I’ve created over 25 websites, blogs, groups, and other online spaces since 1999. For the past 5 years, I’ve maintained a blog which documents my professional work, including most of my course blogs. I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, sharing choice morsels of my personal life.

Aside from my dissertation, articles, and presentations, I’ve been searching for my voice as a scholar of digital literature. I use Twitter to connect with my peers in the digital humanities and e-literature communities. I read, favorite, retweet, share, and occasionally reply, but I don’t feel like I’m making a contribution.

My dad used to say one shouldn’t speak unless one had something to contribute to the conversation. So I’ve been mostly quiet: reading, listening, learning.

Today it struck me: I know what to contribute. I’m going to read an e-poem every day, and I will respond to it in writing: in about 100 words. Every day.

I’ll start with the Electronic Literature Collections, then take on the Electronic Poetry Center, or the Electronic Literature Directory, or the ELMCIP Knowledge Base, or poetry e-zines, or individual websites. The point is: there is enough e-poetry out there for me to read and respond to for a long while.

If this blog helps people discover the poetic potential of digital media or sparks some ideas, great. If you’re interested, feel free to follow, subscribe, like, share, retweet, bookmark, whatever. Or not: it’s all good.

It will serve me as an annotated bibliography of what I find interesting in e-poetry. And that alone will make it worth my time and effort.

I’m looking forward to the challenge.