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From the Publisher"Focusing on examples of digital poetry before the Web rather than on literary precursors to Web experiments, Funkhouser (New Jersey Institute of Technology) offers an ambitious book that relies on, but also exceeds, the genre-building foundations established by Loss Pequeño Glazier (in Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries, CH, Jul'02, 39-6249) and Brian Kim Stefan (Fashionable Noise on Digital Poetics, 2003). This inclusive volume functions as a resource-rich historical primer for those unfamiliar with the creative relationship between poets and computer technology over the last half century; a philosophical exploration of this relationship and its aesthetic implications; an encyclopedic critical attempt to document, contextualize, and classify (but not confine) early innovations, practices, and examples; and a broad survey of other critical perspectives, theories, and responses. A practitioner and scholar of digital poetry, Funkhouser argues that early formal innovations—e.g., text generation, visual and kinetic works, hypertext linking—remain fundamental to more recent Web-based compositions. The author concludes by speculating on the potential impact of increasing user collaboration and control on the future of digital poetics. A useful chronology and extensive bibliography round out this comprehensive and definitive (though at times meandering) resource. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."
In Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, Chris Funkhouser provides a comprehensive historical, descriptive, and technical account of early works of computer-assisted poetry composition. This is essential reading for anyone interested in digital poetics, constraint-base writing, or, indeed, the possibilities for new poetry in the 21st century
—Charles Bernstein, author of Girly Man and editor of Electronic Poetry Center