Wednesday, February 3, 2010
My initial response to e-poetry based on the pieces assigned so far is that this field is intriguing, but might take a little while to get use to working with. The poems that were apart of the first assignment gave me a good idea of the basics of electronic poetry and how it is going to differ from reading poetry in a book. The first main difference is that electronic poetry is interactive and grabs the reader’s attention more quickly than a page of text would. Electronic poetry has movement, pictures, color, backgrounds, and sound, which allows the reader to gather a different understanding of the poem than if they had just read it on a page. Also having ‘extras’ in the poem, like pictures and sound, gives the reader an idea of what the creator of the e-poem, who is not necessarily the poet, is trying to depict about their particular understanding of the poem. E-poetry allows for two different people to use the same poem, but create two completely different e-poetry readings, just by the different uses of color, pictures, sound, and type of interaction.
The poems that were used in the first assignment were: “The Best Cigarette” by Billy Collins, “Nine: puzzling through several lives” by Jason E. Lewis, and “A Man Young and Old: III. The Mermaid” by William Butler Yeats. “The Best Cigarette,” I felt, gave the poem an extra edge to it because it was being read to its audience, which allows for a certain understanding of the poem just because of way that certain words were spoken and/or stressed, giving the poem’s listeners’ a look into the way the reader understood the poem. Also in this poem, the pictures of cigarettes, wine glasses, and the typewriter pretending to be a train in the background added to the poem and did not take away from the speaker. In “Nine,” I liked the way it used the form of a sliding puzzle to hide the words of the poem, which gave it a deeper meaning in the way that poem was about understanding lives and you have to figure out the sliding puzzle to finish the poem and understand life. Also I liked that when you held down the left mouse button on a puzzle piece, the picture would change. “The Mermaid” was just the poem’s title on a magenta background, with nine copies of the poem around it, going in different directions. I did not care for this e-poem as well as the others since it did not add anything to the poem, it was just mainly interactive.
I believe with time, I will really like electronic poetry and just not appreciate it.
The picture was taken from the e-poem of Billy Collins's "The Best Cigarette" and shows the typewriter pretending to be a train that is meantioned in the second paragraph.