13 November 1999
Ideas for Newspoets
Write a newspoem in the form of a flowchart.
Write a newspoem in the form of a screenplay.
Write a newspoem that's a maximum of 12 characters long.
Write an ode to Ted Koppel.
Come up with a slogan for newspoetry.
(Next year we'll have to trash "A Poem a Day Until Y2K.")
Stage a bogus event, then cover it for newspoetry with pictures and
interviews with passers-by.
Freewrite a hypertext starting from a news story, having decided beforehand
a single type of link to use: chronological, referential, apparently
Take a source text and break it into lines. Add a line between each
of its lines. Make your lines one font size smaller.
Take a photo from a news source and write your own caption.
Find the same news story in three different news sources. Write a stanza
for each source.
Write a small song. Write out the chords and also make a simple recording.
Take a photo from the newspaper, draw on it, and scan it in.
Make a drawing of a photo from the newspaper, scan it in. Alter it
Type a word that is the first word in a sentence. Make each letter
a link to a word that could be the second word in the sentence. Do the
same with each second word, and third word, etcetera, until the sentences
all end. Example:
S -> the bombing
T -> the shooting
O -> taxation
P -> working
Take two headlines the same number of words in length. Make your way
from one headline to the other by changing one word at a time. Make
the resulting headlines a linear hypertext such that clicking on one
takes you to the next. Make the process reverse itself at the end to
make an endless circular hypertext.
Create a weird table, with lots of rowspan and colspan tags. Make sure
it's consistent across browsers. Then write a poem with a stanza in
Write a poem that changes as you move the mouse over it.
Use illustrator to make a poem whose text is cut out of an image.
Make a subtraction poem using color.
Write a poem in two columns which share stanzas.
Write a story about the fall of technology which goes from being word-processed
to typed to hand-written.
Write using only letters with/without curves or vertical/horizontal/diagonal
Begin a story in words, end it in pictures.
Write a story where major events are elided and replaced by an image.
Write a story with images that tell another story.
Write a concrete novel.
Write a story with overwrought descriptions paired with mundane images.
Write a poem where the stanzas are replaced automatically, with the
speed at which they are replaced varying according to mood.
Write a stanza which rearranges itself.
Begin a story in words, end it in sounds.
Write a story where major events are elided and replaced by a sound
Write a story with sounds that tell another story.
Write a story with overwrought descriptions paired with mundane sounds.
Make a newspoem with only images and sound.
Write a hypertext where links fill in missing portions, making the
story longer. The reader starts with a short short. After clicking on
every link they have a novel. The short short is contained within the
novel and the...
On a really large page, tell a story in short stanzas, stanzas moving
from right to left.
Make a HTML form with images and no text - compose a poem based on
Handwrite a newspoem.