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A Kiss

A kiss is the most romantic elit I’ve read so far. it’s a bit like twelve blue in design, each short story seems connected but at the same time independent. The best difference is that I can return to the previous hypertext page. “words that might describe the shade of lipstick she prefers”, “her favorite sandwich”, “what she orders more often than sandwich”, “She eats like a rabbit, basically”. I’m addicted to these tiny sweet details described from the male perspective. For me, this expresses love more than the most direct physical contact. They are so real, touching and tender. What surprised me the most was the map that showed all threads.

There is no doubt that this is a huge work. The interweaving of these threads is exactly the way love, marriage, and life are made up. The mundane and trivial pile up together to form greatness.

The Infinite Woman

According to the editorial statement, the Infinite Woman remixes excerpts from two mid-20th century books, Edison Marshall’s novel The Infinite Woman (1950) and Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949). It is very interesting to know that the Infinite Woman is an interactive remix and erasure poetry platform, which I never see before.

Like blackout poetry and Letter to X we did before, it is very personal because we can design and make our work. In the Infinite Woman, users can take lines from the endlessly scrolling text and send them to a canvas workspace where they can change the wording and sentence structure. These user-generated erasure poems offer a wealth of opportunities for gendered subjectivity to be dissected and reimagined.

Within the website, we can select whatever sentences we like, and it will show on the right box. When selecting, we are composing our piece and we can click words we dislike so it becomes invisible.

I never thought the meaning behind it are so deep, according to the author’s statement, the Infinite Woman web app literalizes the idea of gendered infinitude by producing lines that will endlessly combine or erase the two source texts. This results in a process in code and in the reading experience that performs the critique underlying both source texts.

Overall, I am still confused about the fog over the text and I think it affects my reading experience.

Here is the piece I made :->

Review of Zui Yong Shi

《醉詠詩Zui Yong Shi》is a multi-media artwork, authored by Ren Yang, that generates Chinese WuYan JueJu poetry and pentatonic melody to pair with the poetry. The poetry matches most of the strict rules of WuYan JueJu poetry and the melody follows the Chinese pentatonic scale.

Some key navigation points should be paid attention to. First is Wuyan jueju, also known as the five-line stanza, is a genre of traditional Chinese poetry, which refers to a small poem in five lines and four stanzas that conforms to the rules of rhythm, meaning that a poem is composed of four lines, each line consisting of five words, for a total of twenty words.

In terms of literary traditions, influences, and another artistic context, Wuyan jueju originated in the Han Dynasty, was influenced by the folk songs of the Six Dynasties, and matured in the Tang Dynasty. With only twenty words, the five-line stanza can show a fresh picture and convey a variety of realistic moods. It is the greatest characteristic of the poem that it contains rich content in a short chapter.

However, due to the limitation of word count, the five-line stanzas required more concise and general language and expression than other poetic genres, making them more difficult to compose. Zhang Qianyi, a Chinese litterateur once summed it up with the words “short but long in flavor, especially difficult to enter into the subtlety”. Therefore, the five-line stanza naturally became the most brilliant pearl in Tang poetry, the essence of Tang poetry. Since the Tang dynasty, there have been many famous poems and stanzas, chanting history, and nostalgia, discussing political affairs, expressing ambitions, complaining of grievances, and speaking of friendships, with a wide variety of subjects and wonderfully diverse styles.

Also, the author said he was inspired by the article The Preface to the Spring Night Banquet in the Peach Garden《春夜宴桃李園序》 by famous Chinese poet, which is a parallel text written by Li Bai, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is a vivid account of a gathering of all the friends on a spring night, drinking wine, and writing poems. The author laments that heaven and earth are vast, time is fleeting, life is short, and joy is scarce, and he also supports this with the ancient saying “traveling by candlelight at night”, expressing the author’s joyful mood of loving life and nature, and showing his broad-mindedness of looking up to the past and the present. The poem is written in a dashing and natural way, with a resounding tone, and the wonderful parallelism of the sentences adds color to it.

Here is an excerpt from the work:


Face each other with, night, midnight


Watch while drunk, tilting moon, before


Left alone the feelings, in the morning, rare


Drunk, send, worry, endless mist.

From a personal perspective, there are many interpretations.

Here is one possible situation: in ancient China, there were constant wars and the common people lived in deep water for a long time. This may depict the image of the husband on the eve of parting from his family when he must go away as a soldier for the sake of the country. Assuming tomorrow the husband will be away on a long journey, so the wife is very sad to part with him. In the middle of the night, two people look at each other face to face, drinking wine and getting drunk, hoping to remember each other forever. Since the war is in cruelty, not knowing when the next meeting will be, or if there will be another meeting. When the early morning comes, the husband is far away, embarking on a journey with no return. Remarkably, in ancient Chinese literature, Sand and smoke are generally related to the battlefield. Also, the climate of northwest China is very arid, all the deserts and Gobi Desert, and war also occurred in these places.

Above all, this piece combines traditional Chinese poetry with computer technology. When we mouse over the Chinese, the corresponding English translation appears, facilitating the reading habits of native English readers, and the individual translation of individual words rather than the full text shows the textual arrangement of the ancient poem in a more original way, avoiding the problem of switching the order of words when translating.

Discuss in groups:

Order the words in the given poems according to English language grammar, then describe the picture in the poem in your own words.

What emotions do you think the poem contains?

Letters to Derick

Wow, this class really broadened my horizons by learning something I had never touched before, which is so interesting. The last time was blackout poetry; this time is Letters to X, which seems like crossword puzzles while creating artwork.

After reading the author’s statement, I learned that an interface called Letters to X uses handwritten letters as a springboard for developing “new” social media. It is also a critique of how digital devices impair interpersonal relationships.

On the website, we can click the bottom we want, and then some letters will display the letter accordingly. When the letter is shown, we can fill in the blank to complete it and thus create a new letter, personally.

Following the instructions, I wrote the first letter to Derick, my friend, to show my gratitude. I feel the website is more like a temple for writing, so we need to fill in the blanks and edit any part if we want.

Here is the piece I made myself.

Well, to be honest with you guys, there is no Derick in my life. I don’t have such a good BF or even a BF. Still waiting…

Blog 5: Forgotten Nights

Forgotten Nights is a really beautiful elit work which combing audio and visual perfectly.

I like the simplicity of the page design: black night sky background, the moon in the middle, so many stars around the moon spread out on the page. There are four buttons at the bottom of the page: Another Night, Reveal Stars, About, Stop. As a casual person, every time I read elit, I don’t read the About or Guidance first, but explore in my own way. Only after I’ve figured out the rules on my own will I check the About to make sure I’m on track.

“This is a breaking memory…, this is an aftermath memory…, this is a lamplight memory… ” Every time I click on a star it disappears, thus constituting another night, leading to another audio mini-poem. When I click on a blank space, a new star may or may not appear. Clicking on the ANOTHER NIGHT button changes the entire order of the stars. Overall, each time the night sky changes, the corresponding poem changes. I love the concept it reflects: each night’s starry sky is unique, and so are the memories.

The most surprising thing for me was the REVEAL STARS button. I didn’t notice any change in the starry sky when I clicked it at first. Later, when I long pressed it, countless darker stars (the stars that were previously erased) all appeared in the night sky, which is stunning. I tried to think about the meaning of the author’s design of this button, as it did not seem to have the function to connect with the poem. I think these stars are all memories. Whether they are memories that we want to erase or memories that we want to keep, their existance is beautiful. They make up the whole of us.

Blog 4: Blackout Poetry Tool

I really enjoy this game of words.

The visual design is clear. I feel comfortable seeing the screen and playing this game.

I did not click on the guidance link talking about what blackout poetry is at first. Instead, I clicked on Thesis Mode, which makes me confused. I don’t know what the meaning is of clicking on a certain word and it turns to pink color. After that, I kept exploring the four modes left. The antithesis mode gives me a good example. The synthesis and symbiosis modes are the most interactive mode in this game. They remind me of the online Five in a Row game. The last mode is Visual. I cannot really distinguish this mode from the Antithesis mode. They are both bot selects. If I have to tell the difference between these two modes, I think the Antithesis has the animation effect of scanning and selecting while the Visual mode only shows the results.

Here is my poetry under Symbiosis mode:

Thunder for a soft ears on a little man as the marble so seemed.

I think it is beautiful at the beginning of the little poem—“Thunder for a soft ear on a little man” even though it is a lil bit messed up at the end. It shows the contrast between horrible thunder and “soft ear” & “little man”. A picture of a little kid being afraid of thunder shows up in my mind.

Black Out Blackout Poetry

I have no idea about blackout poetry because I have never touched it before. After researching it, I found that blackout poetry is created by removing words from a printed passage of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and replacing them with your own words.

We can make our blackout poetry personally because it is straightforward. Firstly, find a piece of writing from a newspaper, an old book, or a magazine that you feel comfortable modifying. Then, look for the word that will serve as the focal point of your poetry while you skim the text. After that, read the poem from beginning to end. And return and circle any different words or phrases that might connect to your attention-grabbing word or phrase.

Also, you can always find a website that helps you make it. Here is my piece of work.

The title of the poetry is Machine: a still on blossoms over who was beyond more a hover. Sounds beautiful to me, and I also notice that it even rhymes, over corresponds hover. So maybe next time I can play it with my friends, and I am sure we could have a lot of fun with it.

From nowhere to everywhere

When I first looked at this piece of Elit, I was very excited to see the familiar Chinese character! It feels like meeting an old friend in another country, and I am so glad Dr. Mia Zamora chose this piece!

In this blog, I am going to share with you guys some fun facts I found from my personal experience! Get ready with me!

This map cleverly combines the topographical map of Canada with the Chinese cultural map of human acupuncture points.

This picture has a solid Chinese color, such as the signboard in Chinese and the traditional Chinese architecture—the archway. Still, it also reflects how Chinese culture collides and blends with Western culture in British Columbia’s Chinatown, where many foreigners in Western dress trade or live here, reflecting the harmony between the Chinese and the locals.

When I clicked on the little man sitting in front of the store in the upper left corner, an ear icon appeared on the screen. I clicked on it to play music played by traditional Chinese instruments, which sounded like a kind of sorrow and sadness of being uprooted from one’s homeland.

This image contains many Chinese elements of culture, such as YingYang (阴阳). Yin and Yang is an abstraction of the two opposite and complementary properties of the ancients in the universe. Also, it is the philosophical category of the unity of opposites and the law of thinking in the universe.

Chinese sages have coined the word “Yin and Yang” to represent the unity of opposites in which two things correspond and complement each other. Lao Zi says that “all things bear Yin and embrace Yang,” and in Yi Zhuan, “one Yin and one Yang is called Tao.” The Book of Changes is a mathematical and philosophical theory about the change of Yin and Yang.

At the bottom, “everywhere and nowhere,” you will see a yin and yang gossip map between two people. Click here for a video. This video has no words, only background music, and shows an older man with a face full of furrows. The camera slowly draws closer to focus on his eyes, full of vicissitudes, until the eyes fill the entire screen. The street slowly pulls away, and the older man becomes a newborn baby.

In my understanding, everywhere may refer to the tree of life’s sprouting roots and branches growing wildly until they wither, just like people entering their twilight years. Nowhere refers to the seeds that have not yet

First look at Elit – the reading experience of Twelve Blue

For the first 10 minutes, I was confused.

For the last 10 minutes, I am still confused.

What on the earth is this??

It is new to me since I have never read anything like this before. No button says next page so it takes me a while to find ways to turn the pages until I see there is one sentence highlighted and lined, I know where should I click 🙂

“So a random set of meanings has softly gathered around the word the way lint collects. The mind does that.” from On Being Blue by William Gass.

I think the most interesting thing about it is that each line in the picture leads to a story. In the left pane, the plot runs around the margins like ripped fabric. There are links there. The text on the right also contains passing links, but they vanish after being followed. Strangely, every time I click the margins in the left pane, there is different text emerges in the right, and I have no idea how it works like this, is there some certain logic it follows??

“She looked out on the creek and measured out the threads like the fates, silk thread in twelve shades of blue.”

This sentence punctuates the title, twelve blue, which is finally reflected in the text. I suppose the twelve blue lines, twelve months, and twelve threads all indicate the title. Twelve Blue investigates how the patterns of our life’ interconnected, many, and recurring surfaces are similar to those of the web, a year, a day, a memory, or a river.

These twelve blue lines appear to be independent, but they will interact together at some point. All the stories seem to develop in a single line, but at some point, they will also connect.

Above all, this kind of text stimulates my desire to explore as in hypertext the reader navigates a non-linear, branching narrative by clicking on hyperlinks to access new chunks of text.