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National Poetry Month: Aesthetic Animism

National Poetry Month: Aesthetic Animism

April is for poets! All month, we’ll be bringing you excerpts each week from one of our books to celebrate National Poetry Month.  

And we know what you’re thinking… MIT Press publishes poetry?? Indeed we do, just with our very own twist!

This week we're featuring an excerpt from Aesthetic Animism by David Jhave Johnston. This book explores the concept of digital poetry. Digital poems don't have authors or stanzas. They are found in ads, conceptual art, interactive displays, performative projects, games, or apps. Poetic tools include algorithms, browsers, social media, and data. Code blossoms into poetic objects and poetic proto-organisms. In his book, Johnston asks the reader to think about the difference between traditional poetry and digital poetry. 

National Poetry Month: Francis Picabia

National Poetry Month: Francis Picabia

We are back for National Poetry Month! This week we're looking at French poet and painter Francis Picabia.