Last week, we discussed Maria Mencia’s Birds Singing Other Birds’ Song at length and briefly touched upon Mencia’s use of audio—specifically, its significance to the meaning of the piece. We also discussed the ways the pieces pushed the definition of poetry; for example, we considered whether bpNichol’s First Screening could be considered poetry if he rarely incorporated the typical structure of lines.
With this week’s selections in mind, how does incorporated audio contribute to the meaning of an electronic text? If it doesn’t significantly contribute to the meaning, why do you think the authors would choose to use it?
Do you think this week’s selections could or should still be considered poetry? [Note from Rhg: Let’s not assume that we all agree about what counts as poetry. Be alert to places where your respective definitions differ.]