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Aesthetic Animism: Digital Poetry's Ontological Implications

David Jhave Johnston


This book offers a decoder for some of the new forms of poetry enabled by digital technology. Examining many of the strange technological vectors converging on language, it proposes a poetics appropriate to the digital era while connecting digital poetry to traditional poetry’s concerns with being (a.k.a. ontological implications). Digital poetry, in this context, is not simply a descendent of the book. Digital poems are not necessarily “poems” or written by “poets”; they are found in ads, conceptual art, interactive displays, performative projects, games, or apps. Poetic tools include algor ... More

Keywords: electronic poetry, digital poetics, software studies, electronic literature, media studies, media archaeology, digital literature, close reading, animism

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034517
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034517.001.0001


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David Jhave Johnston, author

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