Camille Utterback – Text Rain

3 Dec

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Text Rain is an interactive art piece made by Camille Utterback in 1999. To experience Text Rain a person stands in front of a projection screen, causing then to appear on the screen. Letters continuously fall from the top of the screen and land on the image of the person. The meaning of the interactive artwork is not fully understood until enough of the letters are caught. The letters caught by the participant are not random letters. The letters come from the following poem “Talk, You” by Evan Zimroth.


Concrete Poetry

29 Nov

I have taken a real liking to concrete poetry.

I was under the impression that concrete poetry and visual poetry was the same.

But apparently “concrete poetry” is words of a poem in the form of a shape.

While “visual poetry” is art made from a poem.

The following poem I used in my assignment 2 is an example of concrete poetry.



Star bright,

Star shining

In the dark of

night, over a cavern deep and dark, Inside the cave

a baby’s born, who shall die on the cross, But

Do not mourn, for he is the one to save

our race, for we have fallen

from grace, Three kings

and three shepherds have

Come by your light, through

this cold,                      dark, and

winter                          y nig

h                                  t.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   –     Stephen Neville

This piece is named “Star Light”. I tried to find other poems done by the author but came up with nothing. It is also possible I might have gotten the author wrong.

My Bedside Table

21 Nov

My Bedside Table

Old age is catching up with me,
From my toes up to my head.
I felt it most while gazing
At this table by my bed.

I laid my hair piece over there,
My own has grown quite thin.
The hearing aid is next to it;
I’m deaf ’til its put in.

Also, I can’t see a thing,
Without my glasses on.
They’re beside my false teeth;
Yes, my own are gone.

I kinda get the feeling
As at those things I stare……
There’s less of me here in this bed
Than on that table there.


I liked this poem that a friend of mine showed me.

I tried searching around for the poet who wrote this, but to no avail.

Fish’s Night Song

20 Nov

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– Christian Morgenstern

This piece is called “Fisches Nachtgesang” or in English the “Fish’s Night Song”.

I have no idea on what this piece is supposed to be about.

But I look forward on hearing the comments of my fellow classmates.

A good site of poems

13 Nov

is a website blog I stumbled around while doing assignment 2.

Very useful, great insight into meaning behind various poems.

(Would have been very useful at the beginning of semester)


Also using

UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. (description by UbuWeb)


23 Oct

I am finding the huge limitations of using

I was attempting to get access to these pages and change them in code but apparently doesnt allow that
I understand this is free so there will be limitations.

Normally what people would do is go to get their own wordpress blog(still have to find someone to host it)

There are free web hosts for wordpress

So I could set it up

Ill have to look some more into it.


William Carlos Williams – Silliman

16 Oct

Actually by strange coincidence I came across Silliman’s Blog while researching more about Xenotexts(I add the link to it in my links)
I kinda got lost in the xenotexts. Just reading reviews and visiting almost any website with a reference to it.


Silliman has onlya few threads on William Carlos Williams


Silliman considers “Spring & All” to be one of WCW best works.

Apparently when WCW published his book “Spring and All”  in 1923 it was considered a failure.

But when the book was republished in 1970 as “Spring & All” it was a hit.

Illustrating the point that poetry is not just made of words but also depends on shape.
Silliman also talked about how WCW utilized his personal life as a muse for his romance poems.