In the age of Kindle, where is poetry? That's one of many questions posed by e-Poetry: The Past, Present and Future of Electronic Poetry, a showcase and a laboratory for engaging works of digital literature.
The exhibition includes multimedia installations and live readings from area poets, including e-Poetry co-curators Aaron Angello and Erin Costello, both of whom are on the creative-writing faculty at the University of Colorado. From poems displayed on a variety of personal computers and machines to Skype-based performances, the evening will be a poetic mash-up of reading, exhibition and dialogue suggesting that modern poetry is vibrant, interactive and enhanced -- rather than threatened -- by technology.
"The printed text isn't going anywhere, at least not in the near future," Angello says. "But as we shift more and more to reading on electronic devices, it only makes sense that the literature is going to change -- because it can. The technologies of writing change writing. For example, the typewriter gave the writer more control; new media gives it to the reader."
Get in on the flow tonight at Counterpath, 613 22nd Street; the free event begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.springgunpress.com/epoetry-event.
Sat., May 26, 7 p.m., 2012