21st Century Poets
Artists: Kelly Donohue (curator), Emma Rose Smith, Chloë Callistemon, Felicity Banks
What does poetry look like in the 21st Century?
In some ways, it looks just like it might’ve
back when the bard was still writing slights of
bloody hands, romance writ with paper’n pen
always knew where to start and where to end.
In other ways, it looks like something you’ve never seen: a network of lyrical nodes buzzing behind hyperlinks, a tree of words fading into the dark while birds squawk from its branches, a visual pun that unveils itself with each click or page view.
For Noted 2016, four poets took a crack at what their own poetry looks like and could look like in the 21st Century.
Poets Chloë Callistemon, Kelly Donohue, and Emma Smith did a crash course in web design and each wrote a piece bound by the rules and syntax of HTML and CSS. Though presented here as PDFs, the writers structured and styled their work in a format that will look very familiar to web developers but immediately legible to readers with no coding experience. The fourth poet/writer, Felicity Banks, created an interactive game called Counting Spoons, exploring the intrusive thoughts of anxiety/depression.
For more info about the artists and their digital inspiration, check out their recorded panel below and resource guide here.
Please click on the tiles below to see each artist's work.