Link-Poem Experiment pt.1

the concerto

opens up the world
and spills a beehive
of colour
into the mind


(there should be bit of a theme with the links, at least I certainly tried)

The post below includes some discussion, while over at Alec’s blog is the first of our experiments, and at Mark’s blog is the second (so far!)

11 thoughts on “Link-Poem Experiment pt.1

    • Thanks, Mark! I went with the jazz theme – all links have something to do with it, but it was quite hard. I agree – the brain strain is massive – it’s very difficult.

      I do think it might be easier to work a poem up where not every word is a link. I’d love to be able to add sound & such to the links, maybe something can be done internally with wordpress….keen to keep working on the idea of link poetry

  1. or something where whatever is linked to is like a bridge between the things that come before and after the link: a simple example:

    paper (link to image of knife) runs

    so “paper cut runs”

    hmmm… another thought (quite obvious) that articles & prepositions prove difficult when writing the linking experiment poem

  2. Hi Ashley. I think this poem, in itself, creates an inspiring buzz. All of those links, on the other hand, are stinging my senses. Apologies for the cliched response. One thing that strikes me out of this experiment is that links are not ‘overlappable’ at their extremes, or concatenatable with their foreigners!!!

  3. Thanks, Brad! Glad it works alone – I reckon I see what you’re saying. The links make it so dense & I don’t think they’re doing everything I want yet.

    And the ‘overlappable’ point is an especially good one. I want the links to be more immediate – and not to need explanations of their own, as they sometimes might. And tighter, or perhaps at least, more unified. (this does block reader interpretation a little, but the links, by their nature, can work to cement meaning too ie: I have chosen which links to put up, which potentially blocks a link or referent the reader may make)

    The reading process is fractured with this experiment too, and I’m wondering how we can best get around that. I don’t mind the links requiring extra reading and time to process, but it bears more refining.

    Any suggestions are welcome indeed, and would love to hear any further thoughts, Brad?

    And Mark & Alec too, how are you finding our experiment? I’ve also wondered about purely visual/textual/or mixed links too.

    • In a way, I think what I’ve done with the linking experiment above, is at times, use it to place (supplementary?) information that may fit in a set of parentheses in a non-link poem.
      Though with links, a hell of a lot more can be inserted into those imaginary boundaries.

  4. I think my next link poems will be more like wikipedia style reference points. The links do tend to detract from the flow of the piece, and depending on the reader’s style you run the risk of losing the reader. This said, it is still a fantastic idea, but what happens when we run out of webpages!

    • I would love to try that, wiki ref style. I had something like that in mind for Tyrannus Nix? how it would be expanded by such links. Would read cleaner too.

      I know! We could tear through a few of ’em, couldn’t we?

      And I think we can use the ‘footnote’/’in text’ link style very effectively too. We’ll just have to keep up with the experiments and risks!

  5. hi Ashley, bounced here from Mark Jackson’s blog…
    I am excited by these experiments. like opening Russian dolls or bon bons, finding little suprises inside. first a lovely poem and secondly great links a nice balance of artwork and factoids 😉

    • Welcome, gypsy – great to have you hear! The Russian dolls /bon-bons are superb analogies, love it! Glad you liked the balance too, I was considering going simpler with straight images at first

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