Poetic Acts & New Media deftly combines interrogation of contemporary poetry, film, and new media. Tom O'Connor combines philosophical, aesthetic, and socio-cultural analysis to make connections and provide insights into a wealth of material ranging from the poetry of Langston Hughes, Tony Medina, and David Wojahn to films of David Lynch, Cameron Crowe, and Spike Jonze to the cult TV-series Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Engaging and challenging, O'Connor finds poetry surging through our new media environment.
Tom O'Connor embarks on a timely exploration of the potentials of media for poetry. He puts an end to the useless separation of poetry from the media arts. In place of the stale division of the authentic poetic act versus the media spectacle, he opens up a new way of thinking about the poetic event in any and every media, as poised against domesticating and normalizing forms in verse, film, television, or wherever. This is an essential book for anyone interested in the intersection of techne and poesis.
O'Connor turns toward poetry as not only relevant in contemporary American culture, but vital for its participants….In this way, O'Connor suggests that poetry allows one not only to resist the potentially oppressive forces of one's environment, but to transform them in a genuine creative act-not unlike O'Connor's book itself, which reconsiders one of our oldest forms of media (poetry) in a way that both reaffirms and renews its potential in a multimedia environment.