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désintoxication

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I replaced my nightly workout routine with this piece of electronic literature and what an exciting experience it was! Separation / Séparation by Annie Abrahams creates an innovative and intelligent way to create a new way to read poetry. At first, I was skeptical about it because before I read the program and played the game, the description said I had to “be active” to do this piece. If I went too fast, the poem would actually collapse. On top of being active for homework, I had read it very slow. Instead of having a negative mindset, I took Dr. Susanna Rich’s advice and decided to be more “right-minded.” After my points, I will discuss the progress of my project. Here are a few key thoughts that my right mind came up with:

  1. What I thought was interesting was how there is a physical and psychological connection from using a computer. However, it’s not so much negative, but the word that was used was “intense.” With the use of technology today and the amount of technology I use every day, I paid attention to what the poem was trying to say. The message that I received from it is that we have abused the access that we have of technology (specifically a computer) and no longer taking care of it or ourselves (specifically our bodies).
  2. The poem itself without the activities had a lot of intensity and an indirect message. My two favorite lines were, “We are exchanging constructing, developing to-get-her fusion, adaptation” and “I have to leave you, I need desintoxication, I must fight, I need to cherish, take care off pay attention to all the parts of me you don’t recognise.” Also, in case anyone was wondering what the word ‘desintoxication” is actually French, “désintoxication.” It means “detox’. Amazing.

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3. What was different about this poem is how after a couple of lines, a new activity would pop up. That was if you read the poem slow enough. I did an experiment and tried to read the poem fast. This is what popped up: I thought it was amazing how it said: “You don’t have the right attitude in front of your computer.” Just like I had a negative mindset at first before beginning this, the game picks up on the reader’s impatient attitude. Being too tense, your body not being in the correct position, your eyes not being at the correct height, or you “clic” too fast.

4. (Referring to the previous point): I was intrigued that there was a grammar mistake. I believe there were more than one, but this one was very obvious. “Either you clic to fast.” I haven’t figured out why the author put “to” instead of “too.” Also, the spelling of the word “clic.” I thought it was because of the whole English/French translation thing…but maybe I’m wrong.

5. (Now referring to point #4): I love it when a piece of literature (or anything really) is multilingual. Having the option to read this in French is an important factor that added another element to the piece. It also made me think about my own piece. I did not think about it before, but I am wondering how I can translate my piece into Spanish and/or French. I do have a multimodal project with sound, text, and music but I am curious to see how I can have another language or two for my piece.

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As far as my project in concern, I am pleased with the progress that I have made since last week’s workshop class. I have narrowed down a tool to use, which is Prezi. Many other digital tools would have worked well, but the way Prezi flows is a better match for my type of project. My original idea was to have a split screen of a HER ROOM and HIS ROOM. Then the reader could have the option to click on various objects around the room to complete a love story of a long distance relationship. I could not find the right tool for everything I wanted to do, but the changes that I made came out better than I expected. The concept is still similar except there is no split screen. I am happy that the reader will still be able to click on various words on the screen (randomly or in order of how I created it) and still see a love story unfold. I was able to make it multimodal, which includes pictures, videos, music, and text. One of the roadblocks that I am dealing with now is the voice. With the music playing over the screen, there is no edit for the volume so the voice can increase over the music. The second problem is coming up with a title, but hopefully, that will come to me soon.

Until next time!

Crusin’ *Puts on Shades*

Cruising is an excellent example of a Flash poem that, while primarily linear and cinematic, makes use of interactivity in a limited way that complements the subject of the poem, the coming-of-age ritual cruising, with hormones raging, in small town America.” (Ingrid Ankerson and Megan Sapnar: http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/ankerson_sapnar__cruising.html)

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This electronic literature piece is one of the more simpler pieces that we have looked at this semester. Cruising is described as digital poetry, more specifically, a Flash poem, which is something I’ve never heard before. On the other side of this, it reminded me of myself when I am riding or driving. Driving or riding in the car is when I felt the freest, ironically. Life becomes a moving canvas. Music plays that are on my private playlist. Outbursts of screams and crying that only God Himself will ever hear. Laughing with my family to the point where tears come out to forget about the heartbreak I went through last week over a boy that never loved me. Private arguments that the people who think you have a perfect life will never see. The more I scrolled over the images and played the voice of the poem, the more I began to appreciate the simplicity of the piece. I related with the teenager in the poem. I was her, a long, time ago.

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What I thought was interesting was how I could move my mouse over the text and image. I was about to actually move the text how I wanted. I could make the text and image bigger, move forward and move backward. In the “Author Description” section of the home page it states, “By merging the linear aspect of the sound recording with an interactive component that demands a degree of control, Cruising reinforces the spatial and temporal themes of the poem by requiring the user to learn how to “drive” the text”(Ankerson and Sapnar). The reader can “drive,” which I think is remarkable. For this piece, the simpler, the better.  

Shifting now to my electronic lit piece for my final project, I have surprised myself once again. My story is more concrete than it was last week. I have gathered a lot of material for my piece as well. Also, I know which digital tools I would like to use. For me to stay organized, I have gathered all my materials like such:

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During workshop with my group, I would like to receive feedback on the progress I have made so far. Also, any other ideas for digital tools that would work well for this project.

Until next time!

Icaurs Needs…*Insert Thinking Emoji Face Here*

“Icarus Needs is a hypercomic adventure game staring everyone’s favorite mentally unhinged cartoonist, Icarus Creeps. Icarus has fallen asleep playing video games and become trapped inside a surreal dream world that’s part video game and part comic strip. What’s worse, somehow his girlfriend Kit has got trapped inside the same dream. Now Icarus needs to locate Kit, escape the clutches of the King of Squirrels and find some way back to the waking world. Can you get Icarus everything he needs before it’s too late?” by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey(http://e-merl.com/icneeds.html)

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The title above was my face when I first read “Icaurs Needs.” I thought to myself, “What does he need?!” and I became intrigued. This is by far my favorite piece all semester. It was interesting, fun, creative, witty, and actually educational. I learned to not eat carrots while jumping on a trampoline. Before I get into the piece itself, I have to talk about the music. I have a love for music. I thought it was a great idea to have the music change throughout each section of the game. Obviously, this is not the main focus of this piece. However, it made me think about the piece I want to do for my final project. Taking the time to focus on the small parts, such as music, is what adds or takes away from the piece.

The concept to this idea is simple; A character who needs to find his girlfriend in the dream before he wakes up. To do that, he needs to locate various items in exchange for more information or another thing. Simple right? Then why is this piece so captivating? My answer would be because of delivery. Daniel Merlin Goodbrey took the letter “I” and turned it into a character who is having real, human issues. He was able to make this a fun video game that was also relatable. In the beginning, Icaurs realizes that he has not wakened up yet and is dreaming. He then enters “Reality,” just one of the many sections of his dream. Once Icaurs approaches another character, the character says, “I am a door. You must find my key”. Icaurs then says, “He didn’t look like a door. Is that racist?” Now, as a person of color, some may find that offensive. I, on the other hand, found it to be comical. Also, to anyone who took that seriously, Icaurs is dreaming after all. (Also aside from the fact that these are not people but letters and characters).

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One question that I had while playing the game was, “Who is talking to Icaurs while is going from section to section?”. Some questions and sentences show on the side. Kit is not on the phone speaking to Icaurs. Is the narrator the character who is a “door,” gave Icaurs the rope or guarded the squirrel king?

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Besides that, I thought this piece was something more “up my alley” and not just because it had a sweet and romantic ending, but because it allowed me to rethink what literature truly is. After playing this game, I reflect on the first class we had at the beginning of the semester. “Is this literature?” I believe that it is. If this e-lit piece were in the form of traditional literature, then it would probably in the form of a comic strip. This can easily be put in the form of traditional literature, which is I why I believe that even though it is in the form of a video game, it is in fact literature.

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“If school is not fun, then what’s the point?” -Professor Hone, Wroxton Collge, Oxfordshire, Banbury England

 

ELit Storyboard! A Work in Progress…

I have not been this excited about a project in a long time. Although it is still rough around the edges, I really want this to work out. So here is my pitch:

At first, I had the idea of doing like of a mashup or combining music lyrics and individual pieces of literature. To do that I would need to have the coding for a generator, which I’m not sure if that is possible. The second idea that just came to mind (thank you Dr. Zamora) is the idea of a love story. I’m not one to write about my personal relationships unless it involves my family, but I’m thinking about creating the story of my boyfriend and me. From how we met to where we are now. Since we are currently involved in a long distance relationship, I’m thinking about having the multimedia include worldwide images, songs, video clips, photography, and voice.

The first page is going to be the cover page with a description of the two characters who are in the long-distance relationship. Also, on the cover page, I would like to tell their love story before they enter the interactive piece. The female character will be in America, and the male character will be in China. With the two globes connecting along with the flags and planes, I want it to look bubbly and inviting. Once someone hits enter on their mobile devices or computer, they will see a double screen page of the two characters’ rooms. HER ROOM and HIS ROOM. Underneath those titles, I want a small description of the room or maybe about the character. I could set a time and place as well that way the reader can have a better sense and more concrete concept of what is going on.

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Beginning with HER ROOM, it is set in the daytime. There will be three icons that the reader will be able to click on. The first one will be a photo/video album. Once they click the album, they will be able to view key moments that the couple has had before being in their long-distance relationship. Each picture and video will have a description as to why these moments are so important. Between five and ten photographs and videos should be enough, depending on how difficult it will be to make it. The next one will be the poetry book. Here, the reader will be able to read different poems and quotes written by me. This gives me the opportunity to show that this is, in fact, a piece of literature and not just a game. The last one, the reader will be able to look at the female character’s diary. Another part of the literature aspect of the piece. The reader will be able to see the dark and hard times that happens in a long distance relationship along with the good times.

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On the other side of the screen, the reader can take a look at HIS ROOM, which is set at night. Just like HER ROOM, this room will have three icons. The first one is a speaker icon where the reader can hear the two characters’ voices. They will hear voice messages left by one another for each other. Sometimes you will hear happiness, sadness, crying, one of them being upset, and frustration. I’m not sure if my boyfriend and I will use our own voices or I might have other people instead. The next icon is music notes. This is one of my favorite parts because the reader will be able to see the characters’ playlist that they made together. I want the link to be able to open up to Spotify or Apple Music where they can hear the songs and listen to the playlist. I am still working on this part and how I can make it more exciting. The last part is called “365”. 365 will open up to a separate page where the reader can see a box. When they click on the box, they will be able to see 365 notes that the female character gave to the male character. One note a day since her boyfriend will be gone for one year. (Which is something I actually created).

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There are a lot of kinks that still need to be smoothed out, but I am hoping I receive feedback on how to make this better. I also want to have a more structured story, especially since my story has not ended yet with this. If anyone has any ideas, feel free to comment!

“Remember, nothing you can do is wrong…” A Reflection on With Those We Love Alive by Porpentine Charity Heartscape

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“It’s inspired by mob violence, trash struggle, C-PTSD, and child abuse. It’s also inspired by friendship between trash girls. In most media, there’s an unspoken belief that feminine lifeforms can’t survive on their own, can’t have spaces of their own, can’t have relationships of their own. I try to go against this with basically everything I make.” (Porpentine Charity Heartscape) http://collection.eliterature.org/3/work.html?work=with-those-we-love-alive

Before I dive into my thoughts and reflection about this piece, I want to have a little “Confession Corner” for part of my blog post. It’s something different, and I have never done it before, but here it goes. The first words I saw on the screen when I clicked “Begin” were the words, “Remember, nothing you can do is wrong.” I teared up and drew a blank at the screen for a few minutes. As someone who is a still recovering victim of depression, I knew that this piece would probably trigger a lot of past emotions. During that time, my inner self always made me believe that EVERYTHING I did was wrong. Ironically the complete opposite of the beginning of this piece. I am very hard on myself, and the smallest mistake would drive me over the edge. But I never stopped and allowed myself to breathe. I never stopped and said to myself, “Nothing you can do is wrong.” Reading pieces such as this and allows me to reflect about myself, it makes me think about my own writing.

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Anyway, enough of that. Porpentine Charity Heartscape is the author of this piece, while composer Brenda Neotenomie scored the music, which was just as beautiful as the words from Heartscape. As I previously stated, the opening line of “Remember, nothing you can do is wrong” really captured my attention. However, before that on the disclaimer page, it stated, “Before living this life, have a pen or sharpie nearby, something that can write on skin” (Porpentine). Just to touch upon this briefly, I found this to be interesting was not because of the pen and sharpie but “before living this life.” Which life? Whose life? I had too many questions for this opening line.

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There were many beautiful lines and moments in this piece, but the one that stood out the most to me was the meditation. There was a breathing meditation where the music actually paused, and I could select the type of breathing technique that I wanted. Or…Holding my breath, was another option. That option was alarming but very real. Below, are the images shown of the meditation options along with captions under them

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This was the first part of the meditation page.
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These were the different options for the breathing techniques. Breathing is very underrated when it comes to staying calm and allowing yourself to realize certain things. Sometimes, all we have to do is breathe.
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This was the page that had “Holding my breath.” It also “I need different breaths” and also the word “Stop.” The word “Stop” meant to go back to the other pages and stop the mediation. However, I think there was something symbolic and subliminal that the author was trying to tell us about this character.

“But punishment isn’t for people who do bad things. Punishment is an energy that flows toward the weak, predictable as water. Punishment happens to those who cannot stop it from happening. It’s laundering of pain, not a balancing of scales.” (Heartscape)

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Stay Strong Everybody…<3

Pieces of Herself…Pieces of Myself

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What is Pieces of Herself you ask? Well, it is just this…“At ironic and playful polemic, Pieces of Herself uses the motif of the dress-up doll to explore issues of gender identity in the context of home, work, and community. As the user explores the black-and-white spaces of the text (the shower, bedroom, outside, kitchen, living room, office, and Main Street), she encounters a variety of colored objects that she can drag onto the outline of a body, metaphoric acts of inscription that trigger audio files ranging from music to a biblical pronouncement about the “proper” socio-cultural function of women. What emerges from play with the seemingly disconnected pieces is a notion of the gendered subject that is both culturally produced (discursive) and singularly embodied (material)” (Pieces of Herself, Juliet Davis).

This was one of the most vulnerable pieces of literature I have read as an adult. I found myself discovering things about my past and present through traveling through Davis’s created world. Before learning and journeying through the story, the very first picture we see is an empty body with the words, “Her friends said she needed to ‘find’ herself. And sure enough, when she started looking, she found pieces of herself everywhere…” (Davis). Before reading, I already could relate to this character. I believe every woman at some point in her life has been told that she needs to “find herself,” which could mean something positive or negative. Either way, I have received that statement multiple times in my life. Her friends told her she needed to “find” herself and my friends told me as well. However, I found it interesting that I never told myself that I needed to “find” myself. It was also someone else telling me how to discover things in my life that felt empty and broken. I did not enter the rest of the story, and already I was drawn into the concept of this virtual world. Out of the seven different places, I am going to focus on only two for this blog post. There is so much to say about each room, but for now, I will be taking a close look at the shower and the bedroom. Who knows, maybe I will do a part two for this blog post and discuss the other places shown.

The most vulnerable places such as the shower and bedroom are where one can find out the most about someone if they were a fly on the wall. I appreciated that Davis had us look at the first part of Her world, which was the shower. Even the woman who the world has claimed was the most beautiful has felt the ugliest in the shower or the bathroom. At the top of the image, it says, “In the SHOWER ROOM, where women slip behind the curtains, in perfect synchronicity, to remain invisible from each other” (Davis). This was such a powerful statement to show how women really behind closed doors. “We,” meaning women, have skillfully mastered not allowing another woman to see us because of our insecurities to the point where we actual synchronize with one another in doing so. There were many “pieces” of herself that I found and were able to drag to the empty body. There was one that I saw not drag, and that was the image in the mirror of the woman putting her hands over her mouth and covering her mouth. Anyone, whether it is an artist, an author, a filmmaker, a writer, who shows that visual of a woman looking at herself upset in the mirror, is a pillar in my opinion. It is an image of a tender woman who is not weak but is a human being.

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The second place that I had an emotional and more profound connection with was the bedroom. A person’s bedroom, woman or man, is just as private as their diary. At the top of this page, the text says, “In the BEDROOM, where her mind would sometimes float to the ceiling” (Davis). This was such an eerie and captivating description of how and what the character goes through while in her bedroom. Another chilling part of the room that was genuinely relatable was the voicemail of her boyfriend, or the man leaving her several telephone messages. He started to sound concerned after the second time of not returning his phone calls. There have been many moments in my life where even the people in my life who I should have trusted just because they had certain titles, I would not return messages and did not want to speak to anybody. Just like Her mind would float, my mind does that more than I would like it to. The mind becomes overcrowded to the point where you are aware of your surroundings, but because your mind is so clouded, it can’t help but merely float away. What I realized was how much I was able to drag to her body only by the second place. Her body already was filled with the different pieces of herself. I found this reading to be insightful, relatable, and worthy of my time (just to be frank). 

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Taroko Gorge/Along the Briny Beach!

“Stone articulates the bay. Salt waters carve. Waters mist. Sandstone writes the sea foam. Shuffle along the storied wing long…Shore outlines the channels. Deserted islands erode. Sand dune deposits the maelstroms. Beach comb along the salt-glittering uncharted umnamed…” -J.R. Carpenter, Along the Briny Beach

As a learning student and writer, if a person asked me to think of what literature and poetry are, a few words come to mind. Beautiful, musical, captivating, alluring, and unique. After reading Taroko Gorge by Nick Montfort (http://collection.eliterature.org/3/work.html?work=taroko-gorge), I never realized how the pace of reading poetry and literature plays a part in how we intake what we are reading. Montfort wrote and programmed Taroko Gorge in 2009, which is a piece of generative poetry that gives the reader the feeling of “walking through nature.” It flows down the page with descriptions of nature. The pace of reading poetry has always been slow to me. Even when I go to poetry readings and learning how to recite my poems, I was told to speak slow almost as if I were a robot. However, Taroko Gorge flows fast where it doesn’t seem like poetry sometimes. It reads as a form of art.

Some would probably not enjoy the fact that reading this piece of electronic literature is a fast-paced read. The standard way to read would be to read slowly so the reader could enjoy and appreciate the words. I do agree that reading poetry slow is an excellent way to take in what you’re reading. However, there is nothing wrong with a little change. The flow of the poem allows the reader to have something exciting and unexpected come on the screen. I would describe it a “never-ending song,” but instead of the melody, the lyrics are never-ending and always changing. There is a certain beauty that I noticed and began to appreciate after reading the poem.

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I have been on walks through the park, the woods and other places that involve a nature scenery. There is an overwhelming amount of creativity that comes with these nature walks. The great thing about Taroko Gorge is that the walk does not have to end, unlike in real life where at some point, you must finish your walk and come back home. The lines from the poem attract the reader by its calming words and soothing flow on the screen. By doing some research, I found out that these lines are inspired by Taiwan’s Taroko National Park. From the comfort of my home, I was able to enjoy a nature walk through electronic literature, which is something I have never experienced before as a student. I think the key to really grasping Taroko Gorge is by merely reading it more than once. I read it several times, and each time it was something new and excited. Each time the poem began to unfold before my eyes, and I sat back with a cup of coffee and basked in this newly found poetry.

Now, not to turn my back on Taroko Gorge, but one of the remixes that I will be discussing next is Along the Briny Beach (http://collection.eliterature.org/3/work.html?work=along-the-briny-beach) by J.R. Carpenter, which made me even more curious and captivated by this poem generator that was originally formatted by Montfort. One of the reasons why I wanted to carefully read this piece is because my favorite place is the beach. I am at peace and always in a meditative place when I go there. So immediately this piece caught my attention. One of the differences between Taroko Gorge and Along the Briny Beach is what the reader relies on. The remix has more motion and images that are in sync with the text shown on the screen.

The images that are shown on the screen while the poem is being generated makes made me feel like I was on the beach from my home. With the use of color, images, and text, the poem was able to truly align with what the generator was pouring out. What I thought was fun was how I could move my mouse over the images and the image would sometimes stop, show letters, go fast, or go slower. It also helped that the pictures were of sand, shells, the water, and even things such as rope that would wash up on the shore at a beach. The words and lines that were generated were just as beautiful as the words. Words such as, “salt-glittering” and lines such as, “Islands daydream the coral orchards”; allows me as the reader to “dive in” this piece and become one with it. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Taroko Gorge and Along the Briny Beach as a new way of looking at what poetry really means and what it can be in the literature world.

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Hobo Lobo Hamelin…Interesting

 

The electronic literature piece that I read this week was Hobo Lobo of Hamelin by Stevan Živadinović (http://collection.eliterature.org/3/work.html?work=hobo-lobo-of-hamelin). When I began to read it, I assumed it was going to be a “regular” story. It started off with “Once upon a time…” and almost sounded like a children’s story. I got comfortable and sat up in bed while continuing to read it. It caught my attention because it was something familiar to me, unlike electronic literature.

However, for some odd reason, I could not figure out how to navigate the story. I kept clicking the next page and then ended up at a part of the story that was nothing like the last page I read. I ended up on a part of the story with cricket noises that, to be frank, scared me. That is when I realized there were more parts of the page at the top that I had to click on first. So I continued to read the story and I said to myself, “Alright, this is good so far”. That is when I reached a part of the story that I almost could not finish. I had to stop reading, click out of the link, and went to catch my breath.

I get scared very easily. Between the sounds and the images, it was just frightening and not my cup of tea. However, once I collected myself I went back and finished reading the rest of the story. I will be honest in this blog post, I did not understand the story. However, what I loved about this piece was that it was similar to an electronic pop-up book. I never saw something like that before online while reading literature, which really caught my attention. I also thought it was interesting to use music and sounds to go along with a piece of literature that was so animated. The other part that I loved was that you could read this in French or Spanish. I think that is an important part of literature is incorporating different languages. I could maybe recommend this piece to other people that would love this, but for me, I don’t think I could read this piece again.

Lots of Bots!

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The Electronic Literature (e-lit) piece that I decided to look into was Bots and I must say, I had quite an experience. There are rare occasions in higher education where homework is fun and exciting. I spent hours exploring the different kind of Bots there were. At first, I thought I was going to simply jump around and pick one bot to talk about. However, I ended up taking a look at almost all of them until I came across Poem.Exe and then I fell in love with it. I scrolled on Poem.Exe Twitter page and I have not had inspiration like this in a long time. Liam Cooke from Dublin, Ireland is the author who describes this bot as, “a micropoetry bot, assembling haiku-like poems throughout the day and publishing them on Twitter and Tumblr.” The poems come from Raymond Queneau’s Cent mille milliards de poèmes (A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems) and then creates the different lines for the poem. At first, I was going to focus on Tiny Crosswords by Matthew Gallant because I was drawn to that bot as well. Then when I clicked on Poem.Exe, I knew I wanted to do that one.
The poems that were created from the bot had an angelic sound to them. More recently I have been into the art and study of poetry. Seeing a bot created poems so beautifully made me think that I can be a better writer if I get in touch with my creative mind. I could focus on so many of the poems that were generated but I will only focus on two poems. The first one is,
“first butterfly
siesta
go ahead, make love!
how delightful!”.

This was a recent poem that was generated and the reason why I was drawn to this was that of the subject matter. Intimacy is a difficult subject to discuss and write about. The poem is vulnerable, energetic and elegant. Everyone knows the saying “butterflies in your stomach” when you have romantic feelings for someone else. However, I have never seen this feeling described with one butterfly. Also, making love is described as something delightful. Today, we don’t hear it as sacred and beautiful. This poem was amazing to read.
The second poem that I loved was,
“A year older
scent of old books
before dawn”.

What I loved about this poem was that it made me feel nostalgic. Growing up, I moved a lot from house to house and from school to school, I would usually try and visit the places that I used to live in. So the first line talks about someone being a year older. The second line is about the scent of old books. As a kid, my mother would take me to the library and the scent of the books is something that I can still remember even today as an adult. The last line of the poem talks about the time of day, which is before dawn. Between the hours of one and five in the morning is my favorite time of night. I used to stay up to do homework, listen to music, write, watch movies, and then right before dawn, I would begin to feel tired. Before going to bed, I would watch the sky begin to brighten. This poem connected with me and I’m glad I was able to come across it.
Poem.Exe made me realized that e-lit can truly inspire someone and have the ability to connect globally. This was a different experience that students are not usually given when learning about literature and poetry. The poems did not have a structure because they were generated from a computer but that it was made the process of reading them fun.

Tiny Crossword by Matthew Gallant and Poem.Exe by Liam Cooke

Navigating Electronic Literature for the First Time…Ever!

"Everything can be read, every surface and silence, every breath and every vacancy, every eddy and current, every body and its absence, every darkness every light, each cloud and knife, each finger and tree, every backwater, every crevice and hollow, each nostril, tendril and crescent, every whisper, every whimper, each laugh and every blue feather, each stone, each nipple, every thread every color, each woman and her lover, every man and his mother, every river, each of the twelve blue oceans and the moon, every forlorn link, every hope and every ending, each coincidence, the distant call of a loon, light through the high branches of blue pines, the sigh of rain, every estuary, each gesture at parting, every kiss, each wasp's wing, every foghorn and railway whistle, every shadow, every gasp, each glowing silver screen, every web, the smear of starlight, a fingertip, rose whorl, armpit, pearl, every delight and misgiving, every unadorned wish, every daughter, every death, each woven thing, each machine, every ever after." Michael Joyce, Twelve Blue

    Coming into this course, I have to admit that I was very nervous and filled with anxiety of the fact that I had to study Electronic Literature (E-Lit). Pen to paper has always been my concrete way of learning. Reading literature through a screen was intimidating for me. Until I came to class and learned what Electronic Literature truly was. In my own words, E-Lit is the new way to combine creativity and reading into a form of animation with the use of technology. When I read through Kindle on my phone, I am simply reading a digital form of a book that was once a hardcover. With E-Lit, there is one keyword that drastically changes it and makes it unique compared to literature through a screen. That word is “navigating”.

Jessica Pressman’s article, “Navigating Electronic Literature” opened my eyes to realize what it means to embark on an Electronic Literature journey. She described navigation as, “an element of electronic literature that uniquely affects the ways in which we read and interact with digital textuality”. Having an interaction with the reader is fascinating. In relation to Twelve Blue by Michael Joyce, there were many options to click on giving me a variety of different stories. This was my first time reading E-Lit, so there was no surprise that I was quite confused and did not know what I was doing.

Pressman expressed her feelings about the struggle she saw her students go through when they first began to read Electronic Literature. “In my experience teaching electronic literature, student frustration with navigation and confusion about the reading experience can be turned into fruitful, self-reflective discussions about the role of media on the ways in which information is produced, disseminated, archived and taught” (Pressman). I was excited to read that I was not the first student who was confused about how to navigate E-Lit. However, I was proud of myself towards the end of my experience. While reading Twelve Blue, I spent about an hour and a half navigating and experimenting with the article. The reading of the stories became smoother for me. After realizing how interesting and, for a simpler way of putting it, how fun it can be, I have become obsessed! My goal moving forward with this class and even once the semester has ended, is to expose myself to this new culture of literature and to learn how to teach others about Electronic Literature as well.

Jessica Pressman: http://newhorizons.eliterature.org/essay.php@id=14.html
Michael Joyce: http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/joyce__twelve_blue.html