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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bloghopping again - fast forward poetry

Blue's Cruzio Cafe -- what poetry will look like in the 21st century, after we get a little farther into the new millennium. Check out "What My Father Loved About Melmac" by David Alpaugh (itself a poem about a paradigm shift) and Marcia Adams' "All the Difference."

And for another forward look at the new ways we might be reading poetry in times to come, MiPoesias. Also on Bob Marcacci's The Countdown, which in Episode 20 featured a reading of my poem "Wine Under a Fig Tree".

Heard as much as read, poetry in the new age will, perhaps, return more to the oral side of the tradition. Except perhaps that a visual dimension might be added. Blue's Cruzio Cafe and Billy Collins' clever animated poetry on YouTube demonstrate a new "animated poetry" form, something new and engaging that is sure to offend many, appeal to many more, and become a force as the technology becomes more accessible (who doesn't have a video camera or a video camera phone?), encouraging a melding of visual and aural arts. Where once marrying static visual art and poetry -- only feasible on the Web -- was state-of-the-art, now marrying video art and poetry is looking like the new-new thing.

At least, that's my guess. And hope.