Reflecting on his own work as well as that of bpNichols, the poet and archivist Geof Huth calls the kinetic poems made on Apple IIe computers in the 1980’s “digital poetry incunabula.” Incunabulum (or incunabule) is a word drawn from the vocabulary of book history; it refers to a specimen from the infancy of printing (the Latin “incunabula” means “swaddling clothes). This is the period of Gutenberg and his fellow early experimenters with movable type. [If interested, see here for a longer discussion and images: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/284960/incunabula%5D
Based on your reading of not only Huth and bpNichols but also the more recent works on the syllabus (and you might want to take a peek at one or two of the kinetic texts we’ll be discussing next week), what do you think about Huth’s claim? Are there some elements of First Screening and Endemic Battle Collage that seem transitional? Do they anticipate later works? How do you understand the relation(s) between the various works gathered here–all classed by critics as “kinetic” texts?