Jan Baeke Interviewed About The Digital Poetry Lab

The Digital Poetry Lab is a joint interdisciplinary project initiated by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design, and Architecture. The underlying idea is to bring the two disciplines, the visual arts, and poetry, together. Through the use of new media, poetry and design are combined in such a way that it adds more value to the visual arts as well as to poetry. The artists were given the freedom to experiment with sound, language, and video and further explore in what ways these can enhance their work. It was a challenge since at least two of the ten poet-artist duos that participated in the project made a computer application based on a poem. In other words, the poem wasn’t written with the application in mind. It was only after the poem was written that it was changed for computer applications.

This year, there is an interactive digital poetry project called ‘Poetry Feeder’ by Leonieke Rammelt and Cheryl Gallaway. Those active on Twitter can send a direct message to the website. This message, in the form of words, phrases, and entire poems, will directly form part of a later text posted by other visitors resulting in an extended collective poem.

The Digital Poetry Lab Is In The Small Auditorium Of The Rotterdam City Theatre

What are the differences between reading a poem on a page, seeing a poet performing their poem at the festival, and digital poetry?

If you make good use of new media, the poem needs the screen and requires digital techniques to achieve a full effect. Through the use of new media, you can attain an enhanced poetic experience. If you display poetry on a screen the way digital poetry does, time plays a vital role. When a poet recites a poem or when you read poetry from the page, of course, you’re also dealing with time as a listener/reader. But what it boils down to is that the poem when it’s read aloud (or read from the page) develops within a certain period, a fixed time frame. The poet, by reciting his/her poetry, orders the time for the audience/reader, so you have to listen carefully.

With digital poetry, the poem also develops in a particular period. The main difference between digital poetry and reading poetry from the page is that you have more graphic and sound options and the poem is enriched by sound and visual media. Like a film, digital poetry makes use of images, sound, typography, and time as a form of presentation. The poem can also evolve during the presentation. Digital poetry gives you more space to do something special with a poetic text. But this is a complex process. The result of this process, as shown on this year’s Poetry on the Screen project, is that the poem is either a more graphic presentation of a classical poem, or it tends to be something like a video clip.

Do the visual and sound components detract from the poem?

That depends on how you define poetry. Depending on your definition of poetry, digital forms of poetry can add something to a classical/textual poem. I think digital poetry also leads to a new definition of what a poem is. Digital poetry leads to something that cannot be delivered in the same quality in a printed book.

The audio aspect of digital poetry makes it more absorbing than if it were merely visual. It’s a lot easier to move away from an image on a screen than it is to ignore the sound. Nick Swarth’s images were very strong, for instance, but while listening to the audio, but it was difficult to understand the piece as a poem.

Prose, Poetry, And Prose-Poetry

In the Old Irish Sagas, in the Fenian cycle of tales, the boy Fionn eats the flesh of the Salmon of Knowledge as he turns the fish on a spit by the River Boyne. The salmon had eaten nuts that fell from the Tree of Knowledge into the rivers of Ireland. The salmon was owned by the Wizard but the boy burns the flesh of the fish and touches its burned flesh with his finger, accidentally becoming the first to taste the Salmon of Knowledge and therefore becoming the wisest man in Ireland. Later, Fionn, the boy, grows up to become a great warrior and a great hunter. One day his companions asked him (him being wise) what was the most beautiful sound in the world: the others thought it must be the sound of a stag hunt or a maiden in the act of love. Fionn said ‘No, the most beautiful sound in the world is the music of what happens.’ And so it is with poetry. It is both an accident and a preparation, a thing made that is both fortuitous and well planned. It is both the Knowledge and the Fish. It is wisdom without flesh, it is the hunt without any killing. It is both the moment that passes unconsciously and the accrual of wisdom over time.

Like the boy Fionn who tastes the burned flesh of a salmon, the poet also tastes the flesh of things, innocent with life and full of hope for poetry. The making of a poem begins and ends in hope. It is the hope that time stands still, that something may come out of nothing. The poet is at the center of this making, the poet is the flesh around which the ideas accrue. At the heart of creativity, the poet is not ‘for something’ in the political sense – the language as it is made to stand upright in a poem is not a banner only, but a limb, a part of life. What a poet does with that life is entirely a ‘social’ decision, never a literary one.

Therefore, we ask the question ‘What is poetry? What is prose?’ each time we unburden ourselves, each time we make signs in language. Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago asks this question repeatedly in his Christ-like love quest, the poet Gottfried Benn asks this question repeatedly as he journeys from cadavers and syphilitic patients into the late prose meditations on wisdom in old age. The French ask this question repeatedly as they tumble and cartwheel in prose poems across the disputed territories of European poetry, from Baudelaire to Jacques Reda. Language asks this question repeatedly, as ideas pour through it, as the color of saying things (and the weight of feeling things) fills us with a personal urgency to be understood.

There is some part of poetry that seems to belong to prose. In a very early book of mine, The Sorrow Garden, a memory recaptured became a chunk of prose poetry. Later, in Merchant Prince, the compelling and urgent information blossomed into an entire novella at the center of the poetry collection. In my latest book, The Last Geraldine Officer, the prose-poetry is scattered in a patchwork of history, the history of an imagined Anglo-Irish poet, Colonel Gerald FitzGerald. The information is urgent between lyrics, it is fractured and threatened like any poetry at war. It is not that there is a technical difference here, a collapse of prosody, but history releases itself at a different pace. History demands a different poet, a poet beyond my capacity to create lyrics. Here, history swarms around the desk where I’m writing. This happens with every Irish poet. We are young boys at a riverbank, eating wise salmon.

Popular Short Love Poems

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