Soul & Smarts in #elitclass

Our last #elitclass was a soulful and smart enterprise. Thank you to both Nives and Edward for bringing us together for a compelling night as we explored Norman’s Window and Zuern’s Ask Me For the Moon

I think it is safe to say that these two pieces resonated with many, and it seems the themes they offered happen to be ones we can especially appreciate through our shared lens of our own struggles with this pandemic.  Both of these hypertext poems seem to signal us to the importance of paying attention.  These two pieces of electronic literature remind us of the profound meaning to be discovered in the seemingly mundane.  Nives & Edward both brought a part of their unique and attentive selves to their #elitclass presentations, and in turn, they revealed the power of each work with a kind of grace.

Window

Window transforms the experience of the prosaic into the experience of the poetic. It achieves this bit of alchemy through ambient sound and an insistence on the slow and quiet, directing us towards a solace that can be discovered in the magic and mystery of our own inner world.  As we struggle during this pandemic time with the radical upheaval of our lives, this piece brings front and center the simple beauty of the world around us.  Thank you Nives for centering this sentiment for all of us at this time.

After our class, a dear friend from Australia (@KateMfD) sent us this link to a digital project called “WindowSwap” that shares glimpses from windows all around the world (much in the same spirit as Norman’s piece).  There is also magic is receiving small gifts of wonder from friends a far, no?  Kate wanted us all to enjoy this site for a bit it after reading many of your thoughtful blog posts!  Please check it out:

Ask Me For the Moon

Ask Me For The Moon is a piece of electronic literature that also asks us to look closer and see a new. For many of us, Hawaii is synonymous with paradise. A place of beauty and escape. A place for a well-deserved “time out” (if you can afford it). In other words, Hawaii is a dreamscape luxury that we can aspire to.  But where does luxury come from? And at what cost? This complex and layered work keeps revealing a discomforting tension between the veneer or façade, and what lays underneath the surface. The sounds of labored breath accompany a shadowy interface and words that appear from the dark like a chimera or specter and then evaporate.  

Just like the cool illumination that comes from the moon, slowly (and serenely) the violence of that cost of luxury is brought to light.  The tourism industry, colonization and imperialism, the plight of the indigenous laborer, the radical manipulation of the environment – all these powerful themes arrive at our feet (through lyric verse spun from the tracks of philosophy, political and economic theory, and indigenous activism).  Not with blunt force of a hammer, but with the slow and steady erosion of gentle yet unrelenting tides coming in from the ocean.  The piece is both poetry and polemic, as it lifts the veil on paradise and reveals dark trauma.  Thank you Edward for your insight and your thoughtful walkthrough of such a impactful piece of literature.

Your to do list:

-Read:  MOTIONS (Medea’s selection)

-Read:   Pieces of Herself (Teethee’s selection)

-Your sixth blog post is due.  Blog about your reading experience and understanding of Motions and/or Pieces of Herself. I am really looking forward to next week!

Have a wonderful autumn weekend everyone. Celebrate the stainglass leaves falling to the ground. Celebrate the little things that make a big difference.

See you next week,

Dr. Zamora

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