Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Maybe they were on to something,

those YA writers
who made
spareness of line
look like
poetry.

The company Live Ink believes this in fact is a more efficient way to read prose. Look here to see what they've done with Moby-Dick.

9 comments:

Andy Laties said...

Makes my eyes water.

I'll take the Barry Moser "Moby Dick", thanks.

Sylvia Vardell said...

What a fascinating notion-- that the presentation of text in "cascading phrases" can make something more readable, more understandable-- and suddenly poetry. I'm not sure I agree, but it certainly is intriguing, particularly in this text-filled medium of online reading. It seems to me that the novelty of it is part of the appeal. If all text were presented this way, then unbroken lines of language might seem refreshing! Interesting stuff, any way you slice it. Thanks for sharing.
Sylvia

Chris Barton said...

Mock if you like, but sports reporting has never before touched me quite like that New Jersey Blues story:

I felt good

I had control

And then wham
... they just crushed it.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this just Frog and Toad for grown-ups?

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Monica Edinger said...

Does it help with politician speech?


I’m not
in favor
of his religion
by any means
But
he wrote a book
called
‘Battlefield Earth’
that
was
a
very
fun
science-fiction book.

Anonymous said...

think of the paper costs to a publisher! or will they now print on adding-machine tape?

shahairyzad said...

How do they do poetry?

"so

much

de
pends

up
on

a

red

wheel
bar
row

glazed



with


rain

wat

er

be

side


the

white
chick


ens."

Anonymous said...

I found it intriguing, so went from the samples to the explanations. I quickly noticed that most of the conventionally formatted information was white type on black backgrounds, one of the very worst ways to read, print or screen. I suddenly couldn't help but wonder if they were trying to induce temporary eyestrain so when you get to the samples they read better simply because your eyes have ceased to spasm.

rindawriter said...

I do think
Without a blink

It's all due
Entirely to

Website words
Edited by nerds

Who can't rhyme
In metered time

Or catch a star
With metaphor.

Yes, yes, yes....doggerel, I know, but isn't it so much more fun to read....what do you expect for three minutes' work? Poetry?