5.25.2010

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The internet, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites, iPad, iPod, podcasts, digital video and who knows what else. What do they all mean for the poet qua poet? For Poetry? Is it still pretty much where the Gutenberg press left it? Is Poetry technology-proof? In our fearless ongoing quest to exploit other people’s wisdom on poetry-related subjects, we are posing ten questions to a group of illustrious contemporary poets on this topic. This week’s responder is Ren Powell.

1. Characterize your general attitude as a poet towards technology.


2. Do you use Facebook in your capacity as a poet? If so, how, and what are its upsides and downsides? If not, why not?



3. Do you use Twitter in your capacity as a poet? If so, how, and what are its upsides and downsides? If not, why not?



4. What other technologies – including blogs, websites and podcasts – do you employ in your capacity as a poet? Explain how, and the upsides and downsides of each. If none, explain why.



5. What do you dislike most about how other poets use technology?



6. What do you like most about how other poets use technology?



7. Technology is enabling poets today to take poetry off the page in ways that were previously inconceivable. Either comment on this piece by Tom Knoyves or provide a link to and comments on a different piece of work that uses technology to take the poem off the page.



8. Do you use technology as an integral element of your poetry? If so, how? If not, why not?

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9. What has technology done for or to Poetry?



10. What should Poetry do with or about technology that it has not yet done?

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