Open “Faith” by Robert Kendall
Kendall makes judicious use of typography, color, sound, music, animation, and limited interactivity as meaningful strategies in this poem. The poem is structured into five “movements,” each of which transforms the language in the space through animation, fading, and other effects to add and subtract enough to counterpoint and add to what was stated in the previous movement.
I suggest reading the texts, aloud even, during the transitional kinetic moments and then reread the static text before clicking on to the next movement—there are turns of phase worth paying attention to. Overall, this pensive, delicate poem is refreshing in its restraint and rewarding for its visually lyric moments.
Featured in The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 1 and Cauldron & Net.