Marcel Proust’s First Poem, ‘Pederasty,’ [Daily Beast]
"Here is the first known poem by Proust, written when he was 17, that shows him struggling with his homosexual urges. The poem is dedicated to his friend Daniel Halévy, and he wrote to him in a letter: “Don’t treat me as a pederast, that wounds me. Morally I’m trying, if only out of a sense of elegance, to remain pure.” The poem is titled “Pederasty.”" [more inside]
Proudly Fraudulent: [The Awl]
An Interview With MoMA's First Poet Laureate, Kenneth Goldsmith. [Previously] [Previously]
Günter Grass barred from Israel over poem. [Guardian.co.uk]
Nobel laureate, who says he had not meant to criticise Israel but Netanyahu government, declared persona non grata. The celebrated German author Gunter Grass
has been declared persona non grata in Israel following the publication of his poem [Guardian.co.uk]
warning that the Jewish state's nuclear programme was a threat to an "already fragile world peace". [more inside]
The Xenotext Experiment
is Christian Bök
],"nine-year long attempt to create an example of “living poetry.” I have been striving to write a short verse about language and genetics, whereupon I use a “chemical alphabet” to translate this poem into a sequence of DNA for subsequent implantation into the genome of a bacterium (in this case, a microbe called Deinococcus radiodurans—an extremophile, capable of surviving, without mutation, in even the most hostile milieus, including the vacuum of outer space)." [Via] [more inside]
Between Page And Screen
is an augmented-reality book of poems (written by Amaranth Borsuk
) developed by Brad Bouse. Like a digital pop-up book
, you hold the words in your hands. Print a marker
and try it
. Requires Webcam. [more inside]
Poet Publishes 10,000-Page Poem.
David Morice wrote one 100-page poem every day for 100 days–producing a 10,000-page poem. How the book was bound and printed.
Opening lines of the epic poem: "Today the sky above Iowa City / is cloudy with tiny droplets / gently blowing in the wind / and tapping my laptop with dots. / In front of the University/ Main Library, Gordon sits / on a marble wall, camera / posed to video the beginning / of this poetry marathon." Image of the massive book.
American Verse Project
is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry. Most of the archive is made up of 19th century poetry, although a few 18th century and early 20th century texts are included. Notables Include: Edgar Allen Poe
, Carl Sandburg
, Ralph Waldo Emerson
, Emily Dickinson (Series 
), Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)
, James Russell Lowell
. [more inside]
A poem that builds upon itself and grows as the world wide web grows. The Apostrophe Engine
is a website operated by Bill Kenney and Darren Wershler-Henry. It is the source of the poems in apostrophe
, a book published by ECW Press in 2006.
The home page of the Apostrophe Engine site presents the full text of a poem called "apostrophe", written by Bill in 1993. In this digital version of the poem, each line is now a hyperlink.
How it works. [more inside]