Blog Post #9

In prosthesis by Ian Hatcher there are a set of voice poems. This was unlike any other form of digital literature I’ve seen/heard online before. It gives a new type of perspective on the rhythm of how a poem should go.   It is a very interesting way to listen to the poem. However, I find it more difficult to try to grasp the meaning of the poem because I am unable to go back and reread the words. I find it easier to make connection between lines in a poem if I am able to see the words. Ian Hatcher has a very unique approach towards poetry. The tone he uses is mostly monotone. It becomes hard for me to continually follow the poem because of how mentioned Ian Hatcher sounds. The long pauses between certain lines is also interesting what made he chose those spaces. Although I thought this form of digital poetry was very unique, I prefer to be able to read the actual poem. This kind of poetry is not very engaging or interactive. At least with kinetic poetry it allows the reader to have an interaction with the work, engaging the reader more having them exercise deeper attentions. Meanwhile in prosthesis I seem to find myself with little attention on what the reader is saying and more on the sound of his voice.


One thought on “Blog Post #9

  1. I am so happy to read that I am not the only who found Hatcher’s voice monotone, and frankly incredibly boring to follow. Like you, the long pauses and breaks before certain lines, I found unique and interesting, but it also gave me time to lose interest as well. Some points in the poem I began to become rather bored, as his tone was long and drawn out. In a world where deep attention is no longer common, this poem really challenged me because it was hard for me to stay focused on his voice when it was such an uninteresting voice.

    I’d also like to comment on something you touched upon. In the beginning of this course, I found it very hard to be entertained by digital literature, and found it (still find it) very confusing and hard to follow. With all of that being said, I do have to say that I have grown more and more found of this form of literature. It is so weird and unique, but there are different aspects to it that I believe typical print literature does not have.


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