“I ♥ E-Poetry: Discovering Digital Media Poetry”

TEDx released a talk “I ♥ E-Poetry: Discovering Digital Media Poetry” given by Leonardo Flores, a Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico and the co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection vol.3, about discovering digital media poetry and the benefits of reading electronic literature. Flores introduces his blogging project called I ♥ E-Poetry, which has been run for four years. The simple blog has turned into a great resource, encompassing 500 works reviewed, 264 authors, 20 genres, and 100 technologies.

The goal of the talk is also to answer the question “what is a digital poetry?”. Flores compares print and digital textuality, based on “Seattle Drift” by Jim Andrews (1997). While print is presented as a rule “what you see  is what you get”, digital textuality is characterized by the following features, such as screen text, multimedia, and code. In the next part, Flores shows a couple of digital genres, including hypertext with static response like “My Body” by Shelley Jackson, kinetic text with static response like “Strings” by  Dan Waber, kinetic text with active response, “Family Tree” by Rozalie Hirs and Harm van den Dorpel, static kinetic game with aural response, “game, game, game and again game” by Jason Nelson, and static and mutable text,  opened up on its remix, such as “Taroko Gorge” by Nick Montfort.

The talk concludes with benefits of reading electronic literature. Flores points out the following advantages: to see how literary traditions evolve in digital media, discover emergent e-literary genres, and learn advanced literacy (digital media, multimodality, textual behavior, and code).