Digital Poemevents: Leaved Life and Spatiotemporal Form

Document type: Conference Presentations
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Maria Engberg
Title: Digital Poemevents: Leaved Life and Spatiotemporal Form
Conference name: Modern Language Association
Year: 2006
City: Philadelphia, PA
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tks.bth.se/
Language: English
Abstract: Using Anne Frances Wysocki’s online multimedia kinetic work Leaved Life as an example, I examine the spatiotemporal specificities of digital poetry. Like a quickly growing number of similar digital poems, Leaved Life foregrounds the materiality of its poetic and visual language as well as the temporal aspects of reading. The reader meets a visually dense and kinetically nervous surface that she / he has to explore in very specific ways in order to make sense of this sensuous and nostalgic poetic text. I argue that in order to read works such as Leaved Life a detailed understanding of their digitally mediated construction (in conjunction with images, sounds, and words) is required which in turn requires a rethinking of critical terms. Since the digital poem exists both as an object and an event, I argue that we are faced with a new convergent form that I propose to call “poemevent.”
Subject: The Humanities\English
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