Friday, May 05, 2006

Internet Paper Poetry
As one of the few active poetry enthusiasts who did not major in the liberal arts, I’m often consulted for technical advice on website coding – particularly with respect to e-zine publishing. One thing that strikes me odd: Why must our e-zines be so stale and lifeless? Why are my e-zines stale and lifeless?

Am I trying to emulate the classy feel of a print magazine?

One of these days, we’re going to realize that we’re in a different ballgame here, and the internet poetry scene will quit trying to publish print periodicals online. The internet is now – real time, in motion - and growing rapidly. Imagine what we could accomplish if we allowed our craft to expand in ways that could never be expressed on paper.

Imagine a page poem presented as a sound file, with two alternating voices in different rhythms. Imagine one voice replacing the line breaks. Imagine poetic “bridges” where the spoken rhythm varies from the established pattern. Imagine words as a stream of video – paced exactly as the poet intended. Imagine faded visual refrains dispaying related metaphors in the background of a central image.

Be sure to check out beau blue's cafe at to see what he's doing with multimedia poetry.

Imagine saying something in a completely new way.

That’s what poets do.

posted by Carl Bryant @ 4:18 PM   3 comments Literary Shirts

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At 10:43 PM, Blogger Beau Blue said...

Now isn't this a nice thing you've done. Thanks.



At 12:20 AM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Thanks go to you, beau.

We shouldn't intentionally limit ourselves. Poetry is a different genre on the internet. We'll never be accepted by print - so why not evolve?

Your efforts are steps in the right direction, in my opinion.



At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Ava South said...

You make me think, and that's a good thing. I post my poems on several forums for critiques by other poets and hope to entertain or at least touch someone in some small way.

As for the e-zines, I suppose they have a place, but as you say, the net is now. Right now.

Ava South



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