“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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