- Feb 2017
A neat example is "War of Words" developed for most VR platforms: http://www.bdh.net/work/war-of-words-vr/
Here are some works of e-literature that engage video game genre: http://iloveepoetry.com/?p=10359.
Children’s books are becoming digital
Part of what's so good about children's books is that they are multimodal and interactive by design-- they pop up when you open the pages, or have tabs you can pull, or textured materials to touch, plus images-- all of which get abandoned for unimodal text based writing. Portable touchscreen devices (tablets, and such) allow for some interactivity and multimodal composition, so they've become an rich space for this kind of publication. Here are a few children's e-lit works I've curated: http://iloveepoetry.com/?p=11228.
What about bookstores?
Hipsters! ;-) Seriously though, I love and miss bookstores, and cherish every opportunity to visit one.
- Apr 2016
FOR EZRA POUND IL MIGLIOR FABBRO
When T. S. Eliot asked Ezra Pound to edit his manuscript, provisionally titled "He Do the Police in Different Voices," Pound edited the manuscript heavily. The quote used in this meme comes from comments on the margins of this page of a section now entirely cut from what we know as "The Waste Land."
Eliot dedicated the poem to Ezra Pound, "the better craftsman" (my translation).
Then spoke the thunder DA
This meme places T. S. Eliot's allusion to the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad on the structure of the Marvel Civil War meme. As the story goes, the sound of the thunder "DA" is interpreted as a message from the creator in different ways by men, demons, and gods. Men understand it as "Datta," which means "give." Demons hear "Dayadhvam," as a call to compassion. Gods interpret it as "Damyata," an order to have self control.
Does the thunder's voice call for one of these? Or do we need all three?
Let's hope differring interpretations don't lead to a Civil War. ;-)
I'm not sure why the editors of the Poetry Foundation chose to omit the epigraph to the poem, but here it is:
The English Translation in the Wikipedia entry is "I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl of Cumae hanging in a jar, and when the boys said to her, Sibyl, what do you want? she replied I want to die."
The Waste Land
This project is an educational activity on an online space that seeks to promote engagement with T. S. Eliot's poem via image macro memes. This is an assignment for my Modern Poetry class, taught this Spring 2016 semester at UPR: Mayagüez. I have also made an open invitation on Twitter and Facebook to participate in the activity.
This activity is inspired by #buzzademia principles, which I discuss in "http://leonardoflores.net/blog/towards-a-geek-pedagogy-a-manifesto/."
To create #WasteLandMemes you can:
- Place a quote from the poem on an image it evokes, or
- Place a quote, paraphrase, or riff on any meme.
- Use the #WasteLandMemes hashtag.
- No abusive or offensive content, please.
Join the fun!
I think we are in rats’ alley Where the dead men lost their bones.