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Through the Lens

A new poem designed specifically for the web, "Through the Lens" is a combination of images and text. Some even move across the screen thanks to parallax scrolling. This effect occurs when elements on a page move at different speeds as the user scrolls, normally with the foreground moving faster than the background.

The three images that move across the screen of the poem are three literal lenses: a pair of glasses, an umbrella, and a window. These lenses and the text provide the perspective of an adolescent developing generalized anxiety disorder.

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Digital Form: Visual & Kinetic

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More than plain text on a screen, digital poetry is a performance and an engagement with a reader/user through text, images, videos, audio, animation, and/or game-like structures. As our technology has advanced, so has this genre evolved, now including a spectrum of sub-genres like multimedia and interactive poetry.

To explore the capabilities and value of digital poetry, I created six digital poems that capture part of the spectrum. Two I adapted from poems I’ve written previously. Two I wrote and designed for the screen simultaneously. Then I reflected on the process for both, considering how the experience might have any ramifications on my traditional writing process and more ways to integrate an art form like poetry with other disciplines.

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