Author: joseph420william

Deviant, Mystery, and Defamiliarization

Donna Leishman’s electronic literature Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw is an animated interactive graphic based on the well-known story of the demonic possession of Christian Shaw. Leishman’s animated interactive graphic relies heavily on mystery and defamiliarization to create the overall tone of the narrative. Upon reading the title the reader immediately becomes aware of the piece’s overall dark tone.…

The Formalist Landscape: Forced Formalism in “Landscapes”

Bill Marsh’s Landscapes is an electronic poem comprised of five short segments. Each segment contains two partially obscured stanzas of Biblical proverbs, and a vibrant geometric landscape drawing.  “Landscapes” is extremely abstract and seems to purposefully lack a fundamental interpretation. In fact, the poem forces the reader to engage in a formalist interpretation of the short segments and psychedelic graphic…

Man, this feel like rolling dice: Roulette & Chance

Once referred to as “computer poems,” generative poetry uses computer programs to create literary works from a database of words and a detailed list of instructions. In his article Digital Poetry: A Look at Generative, Visual, and Interconnected Possibilities Chris Funkhouser asserts, “All works of text generation, or archetypal computer poetry can be seen as performing some type of permutation…