"Five by Five" by Dan Waber and Jason Pimble: This series of spatially combinatorial poems are built by arranging words on a five by five three-dimensional grid, using the same engine as in “I, You, We.” Readers can manipulate the object in several ways, zooming in and out and rotating the cube to allow certain phrases to come to the foreground and be read.
"Bembo's Zoo" by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich: Based on Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich’s delightful book of typographical animals, this website enhances the experience by providing beautifully produced animations (by Mucca design) that transition from the word for the animal to the animal figure built out of those letters. The sounds by Federico Chieli help breathe life into the animals, bringing us into their world and throwing in the occasional...
"Rememori" by Christine Wilks: This poem about dementia through Alzheimer’s disease is structured through the use of a memory game. There’s a series of tiles with question marks that flip when selected, displaying an iconic image, text, or brief animation, accompanied by a question, usually about the person’s identity. Whenever you match a counter with the right one, it disappears until you complete the level.
About Kyle Brett Kyle Brett is a current M.A. student at Lehigh University and is a lover of history, coffee, and urban spelunking. Kyle's current research interests include, celebrity in 19th century American literature, inhabitance and geographies of writing, Lovecraftian mythos and popular cultural representations of Cthulhu, and spatial and mapping projects in the digital humanities.
“Real Human Praise (@RealHumanPraise)” by Rob Dubbin and Leonard Richardson: This bot takes Tweet-sized snippets of text from movie reviews aggregated in Rotten Tomatoes, identifies nouns in the subject position, and replaces those with the names of right-wing pundits who appear regularly on the Fox News Channel, attaching the ironically intended hashtag #PraiseFOX. The bot was created essentially as joke for the politically charged comedy show The Colbert Report, as a reaction to the…
"Superstitious Appliances" by Jason Nelson: This set of six thematically linked poems revolve around appliances and obsessions about the body. From the outset, the Nelson seeks to unsettle the reader by taking a medieval, religious kind of image and placing it over a layer of what seems to be digital static, while a couple of soft audio tracks play: one a barely audible person speaking, and a throaty voice repeating “I will eat you.”
“Blue Hyacinth,” by Pauline Masurel: Slightly modifying the “cut-up” technique of Dadaist and Modernist writers in her digital work, “Blue Hyacinth,” Pauline Masurel encourages her readers not to destroy the original four poems, but rather jumble them together, stir them up, and weave them in a way that shares in the creative process of generating an individualized text.
"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz" by Jörg Piringer: As researchers like Johanna Drucker and Jerome McGann, Concrete and Letterist poets, typeface designers and typographers have long known, letters have great expressive power and statuesque complexity. And in digital media, fonts aren’t just pretty shapes for letters: they are software with programmed behaviors, seen in the algorithms that determine kerning, for example.
“Zig and Zag” by Sérgio Capparelli and Ana Cláudia Gruszynskiis: “Zig and Zag” is one of ten ciberpoems created by the writer Sérgio Capparelli and the graphic designer Ana Cláudia Gruszynski for “Ciberpoesia” website that features a series of 28 visual poems created by the Brazilian duo. Like “Bembo’s Zoo,” this is more than just digital versions for visual poems also published in a printed book...
"Konsonant" by Jörg Piringer: This suite of Letterist sound poems for the iOS platform offers several environments and behaviors for the letters that inhabit them.The interfaces go from simple to complex, and Piringer uses phrases with the verbs “draw, control, build, create, and connect” to guide the reader to interact and play with the letters and tools offered.