Monday, May 24, 2010

Internet Poetry Roundup

One of the beautiful things about unemployment is that one can spend hours upon hours on the interweb. And one does, because the related poverty of unemployment has lead to certain Austerity Measures in which real-time social interactions are foregone (too expensive) for the social interactions to be had online (we're paying for internet anyway).

I like the diversity of writers and writing on the internet. For example, some conceptual writing is too antiseptic for my personal tastes (I'm highly emotional and have limited attention span), but then along comes a great project like Rachel Zolf's Tolerance Project, the archives of which are now online, featuring traces of poetic DNA from eighty-six writers, artists and thinkers.

On the other end of the internet, I was led to Elizabeth Ross's blog because she started following me on Twitter. She has several good posts on the occupational hazards of writing, including advice from other writers on the hazards of too much sitting (i.e., sitting around the house in one's pj's looking for work and reading all the blogs). Karen Shklanka’s post is particularly instructive, and stretching is still free.

Some Vancouver artists/writers wish to know What Does Info Want? A neato idea, though they don't appear to have collected any info as of yet. I'll have to check back later to get the goods.

Concordia University's Ticker Text Project "addresses the production and dissemination of new creative writing in relation to informing features of the historical stock ticker—text in motion, instantaneous telecommunication (transmitting messages across a distance), periodic updates and ‘telegraphic’ brevity." Is this the poetry of the future?

Alan Davies' "The Dea(r)th of Poetry" essay recently came to my attention (Kaplan Harris/Narrative posted it on a non-academic poet I'd never keep abreast of anything were it not for social media, so props to the community). I've printed it off to read more fully...I think there are some interesting assertions, but I also agree with Chris Piuma/Dishwasher Thief that the essay is full of contradictions. In any case, my jury's still out.

And oh oh oh! Cyberpoetry! oh (via Maia/Other Good Things on Twitter).

What about you? What poetic internet goodness have you rounded up this week?

Nikki Reimer is still (is always) online.


Elizabeth Ross said...

Thanks for the shout out, Nikki, and for this awesome round up. What Does Info Want looks swell.

ritawong said...

Thanks for sharing the rounds that you've done, Nikki.

Recently, I had a look at the new XCP site:
and I also like Baco Ohama's blog (names itself in relation to art rather than poetry but very poetic in attention and approach):

nikki reimer said...

Thanks Elizabeth and Rita.

Great links Rita. I remember meeting Baco at the Roy Miki conference in 2008. I quite like her approach.