The reader steps to the fore in the final section of First Person, reconfigured and ready for interaction.
For all the talk of cyber-difference, screens still behave like pages. The contributors in section six have developed, in response, a digital aesthetics unlike that of print.
Joseph Tabbi reviews Joe Conte’s Design and Debris and gauges the argument for chaotics-as-aesthetics across media.
Ronald Sukenick on Extreme Fiction.
Alain Vuillemin comprehends the compendium - a summing up of four decades of Oulipian activity.
Translation by James Stevens
Oulipo poetics and the art of translation.
Paul Harris examines the theoretical aspects of constrained thinking in the age of electronic textuality (in 2000 words, natch!)
The second ebr special to employ the concrete poems of Daniel Wenk, working typographical variations on the term, “electropoetics.” Guest edited by Joel Felix, who in 1997 was an undergraduate Lit major at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Paul Braffort studies constrained writing from Henry Adams to Braffort’s own ALAMO project, and presents his findings in the form of a Triolet (between 1999 and 2000 words)