No Thank You, Andrew Slattery

In 2013 Andrew Slattery was awarded the The Max Harris National Poetry Award. You can still see his poem plagiarized assemblage, “Grandmother Going Gone”, along with those of those of other contest winners from that year, on the University of South Australia web site. Slattery’s poem plagiarized assemblage contains lines from Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. And from my poem “Single Life 18,” which was published in an online journal Contrary Magazine in 2011.

Blank lines improve readability by setting off sections of code that are logically related.

The electronic poem above is a combination of randomized lines. Some of them I wrote myself. Other lines come from my health insurance documents, Douglas Crockford’s Javascript: The Good Parts, and other sources. How does it work? JavaScript loaded by the theme detects a specially identified container on the page. A JavaScript function is called. This function repeats a loop in which it selects a random line from an array and inserts that line into the special container on the page.

What is Electronic Literature?

There is an Electronic Literature Organization dedicated to literary projects that use online or digital media for some aspect of their presentation. You can browse their archives. A lot of what is done there is animation, and you will encounter a lot of Flash SWF files. I know, because I work in the industry, that no self-respecting developer this side of 2009 uses Flash. A lot of these projects also lack polish, in my opinion.