5 poets that use technology

  1. Jason Nelson

Title: Poetry Cube and Birds Still Warm from Flying

He used 3 dimensional space in order to create a cube that moves to different direction and reads 3 dimensional concrete poetry.  The cube combination allows the reader to move the poem in 3 dimensional space. Interactive poetry cubes allow multi-linear/dimensional play and reconfiguration of the poem. Additionally, “each of the rows and columns can be moved to further recreate the placement and graphical nature of the poem. Each of the sides of the poem are colour coded to give the reader a reference point for the initial configuration” (Helioza). Here is the link to go directly and play with this awesome creation. secrettechnology.com/ausco/poecubic2.html

2. Hannah Silva

Title: Total Man

            Silva is a poet, whose work is characterized by its playful form of language and voice use. “Total Man is a poem write for the Electronic Voice which is an experimental literature, performance and music show that feeds on the corpse of paranormal pseudo-science” (Silva). She uses her voice and work with electronic devices to record her voice and show it in her demonstration. “Silva’s innovative performance piece drives language down the lost highway of a struggle to understand the origins of humankind” (Silva). Here is the link where you can see her performance  http://hannahsilva.wordpress.com/total-man/

3. S S Prasad

Title: 100 poems (nanopoems)

 S S Prasad, in his nanopoems, attempts to engage with new technologies of writing and with code as language. Collected in print in the book 100 Poems, these nanopoems were first written for the microchip as surface for inscription. Prasad, other than being a poet, happens to be an engineer working for a prominent Silicon Valley company.

Most of the poems in the binary language of zeroes and ones are primarily concerned with marking time on, or across, the page space. The binary digits operate as image, as sign, as object. They explore a visual poetics which functions sometimes in the concrete, and other times in the conceptual, mode.

 Prasad’s poems use the surface oppositionality of this language to generate tension. They also use binary sequentially. This recalls the combinations and strings of code written by computer programmers. Here is the link where you can see more poems as well pictures of how they use microchips.



4. Marshall Davis Jones

Title: Touch screen

“Marshall Jones makes us rethink our digital culture through an engaging slam poetry performance” (Touch screen: Marshall “soulful” Jones at TED x Montreal). He involves the sounds of some of the technological artifacts we use in now days; plus his poem and performance is all about technology and how the world and the people have been affected by all those technological changes. Here is the link for you to see his performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFX2LrNE3VI

5. Poem by Joan Day

 Title: Gotta’ Story

This poet uses motion poetry which are poems that are converted into very short films. In creating this poem and putting it together this poet have include music, film and images in order to recreate this poem
for the people who watch it. Here is the link where you can see the complete film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLGEvTd7qJk


5 thoughts on “5 poets that use technology

  1. Very interesting choices for 5 poem/poets.
    1- The first one, the cube by Jason Nelson was amusing, though it is not to my personal tastes for poetry, I was fond of the program and how it was used. The various controls and three-dimensional form made this project definitely unique.
    2- The second link that you had was definitely awesome for me to see. Hannah Silva creates a great story-like poem with excellent background sound in creating Total Man. The fishbowl, lights, mirror, echoes, everything, was beautiful and beautifully sad at parts. Overall great choice.
    3- S.S.Pasad was also pretty cool, the use of binary, symbols, etc.. created a very base feel for me of something that cannot be read, but is rather seen, and thereafter understood as what it is.
    4- The Marshall Davis Jones Video and style in general was also amazing. The talented motions and emotions displayed while reading ingeniously formulated lines, stuffed to the rim with metaphors and analogies, were excellent. And the message was one worth hearing as well.
    5- Lastly, this was my favorite one. Joan Day’s “Gotta’ Story” was a cute and captivating video poem, I loved the message, format, transitions, and even the little mustaches on the grey characters.
    Great post, thanks for the share =]

    1. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate that you have take the time to give a look to each one of the poets I found. I really expended a lot of time working on this and searching for poets that really have use technology in their poem creation.


  2. Thank you for sharing these interesting poets you found, who use technology in their production. The most interesting poet, i found was Marshall Davis Jones.
    Marshall Devis Jones in his performance on TED in Montreal made some good points about the role of technology in our lives. This topic is probably the biggest issue we have in our generation, where everything is built around technology and social media. Its hard to feel nature, when everything around is digital; when there is an app for every problem you have.

  3. These are interesting poets that you found, who use their technology in their daily work. These are amazing topics and issues that are generation are facing, where everyone is using technology and social media.

  4. Great post, I have not heard of any of these five poets and it was interesting to hear what types of poetry they use and how. Joan Day and the use of motion poetry really interested me, I love watching motion poetry and it has become one use of technology I really like when it comes to poetry. Thanks for this, I will be checking out the rest of the poets.

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