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POWER ON is written from the perspective of our automated futures, the machines that have been coded with our present imperatives and ethics. If our colonialist interaction with the natural world and each other is presently characterized by racist and capitalist homogenization and amnesia, and if we think of technology as more than tools but as our representatives, then technological entities that carry out our work are the turning on of our ongoing script, never meant to end until forced to by powering off — through an impossibility of continuance, however that will come about.

Connect to POWER ON on your mobile device by interacting with the project’s app, which seeks to explore the ethical implications of technoscience programming by allowing readers/users to collaborate with the manuscript by uploading your own individualized perspectives into the manuscript, creating a collaboration between machine and reader.

-> POWER ON app for iOS
-> POWER ON app for Android

Follow Ginger Ko’s “Tech Pending Revolution” POWER ON Field Notes Series on the Operating System’s Medium page! And be sure to connect to @poweronpoetry on Instagram for updates on events, app details, video and audio content, and more!

 

 

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Ginger Ko

Ginger Ko is an Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing. She is the author of Motherlover (Bloof Books) and Inherit (Sidebrow), as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays can be found in The Atlantic, American Poetry Review, The Offing, VIDA Review, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.gingerko.com

Ginger Ko’s POWER ON feels like a gallery of the most gruesome humanoid sculptures: the desire to persist saddens, deforms, and resurfaces with new extremities of the familiar in each poem. How do we love something so much that has no way of knowing we exist? Is it a dead god? tech? our humanity? Within her poems, Ko’s question becomes: How do we live with ourselves when we are our “childrens’ parasites, we mate / with the colonizer / and produce our hosts.” Here, Ko shows the foreboding glop of motherblood, its devouring passion as it reckons with its parallel conspiracy--to destroy/devour--in these unsettling, and exacting lyric compilations.

Cynthia Arrieu-King, author of FUTURELESS LANGUAGES and THE BETWEENS

Ginger Ko's POWER ON invites/projects us into—and guides/protects us through—the future of poetry, in which the distinction between ourselves and what we've created and what has created us and the consequences of creation, are automated, animated, and, on the dark side of that complex mis/fortune, made perilous. And yet I wonder: is a book—an experience—that extrapolates the tension between a future overrun by the most despairing of our ideations and a future as the wondrous proliferation of intercommunal energies, not, in fact, the biography of the beginning of poetry?

Brandon Shimoda, author of THE GRAVE ON THE WALL and THE DESERT

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POWER ON is written from the perspective of our automated futures, the machines that have been coded with our present imperatives and ethics. If our colonialist interaction with the natural world and each other is presently characterized by racist and capitalist homogenization and amnesia, and if we think of technology as more than tools but as our representatives, then technological entities that carry out our work are the turning on of our ongoing script, never meant to end until forced to by powering off — through an impossibility of continuance, however that will come about.

The POWER ON app explores the ethical implications of technoscience programming by also allowing readers/users to collaborate with the manuscript by uploading their own individualized perspectives into the manuscript, creating a collaboration between machine and reader. With this collaboration, I would like to provoke more than just a fun form of interactivity with poetry. Along with promoting accessibility features in poetry publication, what I attempt to highlight with the project is my own belief in readerly agency and the fact that each reader/user brings their own highly contextual perspective to a book of poetry; readerly immersion in a text is counterbalanced by a reader’s identity, and I do not desire that readers/users conform themselves to the identity of the text. What makes reading poetry and writing so gratifying and dialogic, however, are our capacities for empathy and bearing witness.

POWER ON will be an interactive poetry app. I intend for the app to disentangle poetry from its common perception as being bound by either the materiality of paper pages or by direct transcription onto digital pages. User-contributed components will create a unique collaboration between my text and individuals who encounter it in the app, highlighting the aesthetic possibilities of poetry in digital form. Rather than transferring poetic traditions to new media in the form of the digital display of a page or book, the app will investigate how poetic traditions can be transformed by the further possibilities of audience contributions in the form of image, sound, and video. My app hopes to make evident that creating poetry with new media is both easy and incredibly customizable, as well as capable of accessible design that is attentive to inclusive design needs.

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