Given the extent of the possibilities of digital technologies and writing, it is far too early for any single person or organization to claim any definitive understanding or authority in the field. What can be accomplished, however, is the examination of specific sites of literary activity in the digital and to perhaps view such a subsection of the field in a way that can contribute to a broader understanding of, if not the whole, at least the possibilities of that region. In this spirit, one may investigate specific structural features of language-based computer “writing”. One area of activity of great possibility lies in the string and the array within programmed literary texts . Such an approach can inform study in numerous fields. In the “Not-moth”, Dr. Loss Pequeño Glazier seeks to evoke, interrogate, and re-translate notions of space, variability, presence, and poetic inspiration in his work on Canadian poet Robin Blaser’s breakthrough early work, “The Moth Poem”. Glazier’s “Not-moth” seeks to not only create an original digital poem but, in doing so, to investigate and more deeply understand its source work. The “Not-moth” crosses research, interdisciplinary prespective, and creativity to produce deeper understanding of work and process through the expressive possibilities of new digital media.
Dr. Loss Pequeño Glazier is a digital poet, Professor of Media Study (SUNY Buffalo, New York) and Director, Electronic Poetry Center. He is Director, the International E-Poetry Festivals and he is Artistic Director, Digital Poetry & Dance at UB with undergraduate choreographers and dancers. His commitment to undergraduate education is evidenced by his participation in the Honors College on occasions in the past and his development of mixed media and digitally informed scholarly analysis in his “digital poetics” curriculum, informed by his professional activities. E-Poetry 2015 will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with previous festivals in Buffalo, London, Paris, and Barcelona. The Electronic Poetry Center (epc.buffalo.edu), the original Web poetry center, continues over 20 years of activity as a peerless, pioneering, and extensive resource for innovative and digital poetry on the Web. Glazier authored the first title on digital literature, the prize-winning Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries (Alabama, 2002), as well as Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm (Salt, 2003) and Small Press: An Annotated Guide (1992). He is the author of the acclaimed digital works,Etymon (2013) Four Guillemets (2012), white faced bromeliads on 20 hectares (1999, 2012), Io Sono at Swoons (2002), and Territorio Libre (2003-2010), and poems, essays, film, visual art, sound, digital works, as well as projects for dance, music, installation, and performance. His recent projects have occurred in London, Edinburgh, Monterrey (Mexico), Toronto, Paris, Naples, and locations in the U.S. Recent videos include Middle Orange (http://vimeo.com/12960293). His author page can be found at the EPC (http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/glazier).
1. On “The Moth Poem”/the “Not-moth”:
– Robin Blaser’s “Moth Poem” (This poem is available in Blaser’s /The Holy Forest/ from UC Press.
I’m not sure if you can make a photocopy for the seminar.)
– The digital version of “Not-moth”
(http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/glazier/e-poetry/not-moth/). Note: the
best read AFTER the 14 sections of the digital poem are read first.
– The “Not-moth”, video of Digital Poetry & Dance version
(https://vimeo.com/92776510) [10 min]
2. On digital poetry:
– A video suite of digital poetry extracts by Glazier: “Middle Orange”
(https://vimeo.com/12960293) [17 min]
– Highly informative video interview by Canadian digital poet Jhave:
“Loss Pequeño Glazier Interview by David (Jhave) Johnston”
(https://vimeo.com/38798765) [32 min]
– Video of presentation the theory of array poetics: “Loss Pequeno
Glazier @ E-poetry 2013 — “On Guillemets” (https://vimeo.com/71596521)
– Short essay, “A Shifting Electronic Text: Close Reading White-Faced
Bromeliads on 20 Hectares”
investigating the seminal digital poem, “Bromeliads
(http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/glazier/e-poetry/bromeliads/)” and its
relation to coding, composition, and literary expression.
When: Wednesdays from 12:30-2:20 pm, March 18
Where: SUR 5380.
All are welcome to attend!