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Poetry Machines : Letters for a Near Future

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“A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.” – William Carlos Williams

Riding the edges of literary theory, science fiction poetry, and art book, Poetry Machines investigates questions on poetry and the intersections of cinema, visual art, and new media. Specifically, Poetry Machines reflects on and documents the process of creating a new media art project the Kimchi Poetry Machine in the age of bookless libraries. Juxtaposed with visual photography of new media art documentation, lyric essays on poetry theory, and a fictional poetry reading in the future, Poetry Machines offers a hybrid approach to the exploration of poetry. The single subject essays focus on a diversity of topics such as the photographic imagery in Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, the realization of Emily Dickinson’s poetry as visual ephemera and in cinema, the racial and feminist politics of the “digital humanities,” Trinh Minh-Ha’s poetic films, the critical genealogy of poetry as machine, and the hashtag poetics of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatters. Both a work of literature, an art book, and a study of poetry, Poetry Machines: Letters For A Near Future explores the definition, interventions, and stakes of poetry, art, technology, and feminism in our digital age.

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Margaret Rhee

Margaret Rhee is a poet, scholar, and new media artist. Her debut poetry collection Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine and awarded a 2018 Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the 2019 Best Book Award in Poetry by the Asian American Studies Association. Her poetry chapbooks include Yellow and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love. From 2018 - 2019, she was a College Fellow in Digital Practice in the English Department at Harvard University and currently is a member of MetaLab @ Harvard. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic studies with a designated emphasis in new media studies and her BA in English from the University of Southern California.. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo and leads Palah 파랗 Light Lab, a creative space that fosters poetry, participation, and pedagogy through technology and equity.

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“A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.” – William Carlos Williams

Riding the edges of literary theory, science fiction poetry, and art book, Poetry Machines investigates questions on poetry and the intersections of cinema, visual art, and new media. Specifically, Poetry Machines reflects on and documents the process of creating a new media art project the Kimchi Poetry Machine in the age of bookless libraries. Juxtaposed with visual photography of new media art documentation, lyric essays on poetry theory, and a fictional poetry reading in the future, Poetry Machines offers a hybrid approach to the exploration of poetry. The single subject essays focus on a diversity of topics such as the photographic imagery in Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, the realization of Emily Dickinson’s poetry as visual ephemera and in cinema, the racial and feminist politics of the “digital humanities,” Trinh Minh-Ha’s poetic films, the critical genealogy of poetry as machine, and the hashtag poetics of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatters. Both a work of literature, an art book, and a study of poetry, Poetry Machines: Letters For A Near Future explores the definition, interventions, and stakes of poetry, art, technology, and feminism in our digital age.

Excerpts appear at:

Electronic Literature Collection

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No More Potlucks

VIDA

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