Digital Poetry

Digital Poetry

The above definition is taken from Poetry Beyond Text Vision, Text & Cognition which, as its name suggests seeks to explore poetry beyond the written or printed text to its marriage and interaction with the visual, with the image, the photograph and film. This visual poetry has been preceded by concrete poetry. According to Wikipedia

Concrete, pattern, or shape poetry is an arrangement of linguistic elements in which the typographical effect is more important in conveying meaning than verbal significance. It is sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has now developed a distinct meaning of its own. As such, concrete poetry relates more to the visual than to the verbal arts and there is a considerable overlap in the kind of product to which it refers. Historically, however, concrete poetry has developed from a long tradition of shaped poems in which the words are arranged in such a way as to depict their subject.

A key feature of Digital Poetry is the use of different media to create a work. Digital poetry is poetry made possible by digital media and technology. Text, image and sound can all be used concurrently. The rise of the computer and the Internet of course made this possible. Some famous examples of digital poetry are listed below:

the dreamlife of letters by Brian Kim Stefans

Ambient Fish by Caroline Bergvall

Frolic Architecture by Susan Howe

The Dead by Billy Collins

The Man with the Beautiful Eyes by Charles Bukowski

Bluebird by Charles Bukowski animated by Monika Umba

V: Vniverse by Stephanie Strickland & Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Entre Ville by J.R. Carpenter

Tailspin by Christine Wilks

slippingglimpse by Stephanie Strickland & Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Further information on the different types of digital poetry, for example, code poetry, interactive poetry, multimedia poetry, can be found on this page 

To make your own simple digital concrete poem try using this tool Word Hearts

Powtoon can be used to create a video poem

Storybird allows you to create visual stories

Windows Movie Maker or Windows Photos can help you create & edit videos on your PC

Meanwhile Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a list of a wide selection of tools





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