The Poetic Dream Life of Letters

I liked “The Dreamlife of Letters,” a lot actually. The orange background with white letters was a contrast to the black and white in the first poems. It was kind of calming with the way the letters move around the screen, they flowed, at some points like waves and at other points like rain drops. Brian Kim Stefans created a calming piece of poetry to document the the_dream_life_cleaned2alphabet. I was trying to decide if this poem could be described as an interactive poem and I decided that it could go both ways. You could argue that it is interactive because you choose to sit down and start watching the poem. The movement of the words could also be described as interaction because you have to follow the movement to really understand what is going on. But on the other hand, its not really interaction if you are forced to sit there and watch the entire poem. If you don’t have a chance to pause it to fully comprehend what is going on then that’s not really interaction either. 

Besides the interactive factor, “The Dreamlife of Letters” is really poetic. I mainly see that in the movement of the words and letters. Its almost calming to watch because you can’t pause it. Stefans tries to create a different movement with each group of words and just looking at the movement itself can be really poetic. He plays around with the different types of word, using whites, blacks, and even orange colors. At one point he had the letters come on to the screen from the border, like it was coming into the video frame. The poem is very poetic as well since it moves completely through the alphabet itself. Then Stefans adds words that incorporate the letter in it. Sometimes the word starts with that letter, or the word has the letter somewhere within it. That is really poetic to deliberately use specific words to create the story that is “The Dreamlife of Letters.”

The punctuation and the timing of the poem also adds a lot to how poetic it is. Stefans would linger on a word that he wanted the viewer to focus on or he would speed through another really quickly. To add more emphasis he adds punctuation to it as well. That incorporates into the movement of the poem through the natural pauses a reader makes depending on the type of punctuation is following the word. 

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