"Wired" by James W. Johnson
from Poems That Go (2001)
Day 19 Flash Poetry
Flash Poetry is the most common type of
animated poetry,and uses Macromedia's Flash to animate words
and images. If you do not have the free Flash Player, you will need to download
it. The same effect can be created using PowerPoint to create
a presentation, iPhoto to create a slideshow, or iMovie to create
a QuickTime clip (like the example above).
Some authorities credit Felix Jung with
inventing the format as a graduate student. He has created some
of the best known examples, including the pantoum, "Miss
Charlotte Brown, Librarian, Goes Mad" (below). His
Flash poems are featured on his website, Synesthesia. Once you enter, be sure
to explore the Gallery and Archives.
Miss Charlotte Brown, Librarian,
by Felix Jung
Just hit refresh or reload on your browser
to start thepoem again. If you cannot see this poem playing above,
try this link.
Poems That Go
is a substantial online anthology that provides examples and
The site explores the intersections between motion, sound, image,
text, and code. The site contends that it "explores how
language is shaped in new media spaces, how interactivity can
change the meaning of a sign, how an image can conflict with
a sound, and how code exerts machine-order on a text." Certainly
worth a listen and look... Make sure you explore the archives. A favorite poem on this site
is "The Last Day of Betty Nkomo." Also,
check out "Car Wash" and "While Chopping Red Peppers" from
Many people would consider Ye Li's Flash
dramatization of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" a different
media from the original text or song.
Another odd multi-media creation is Guinea
Other Flash Sites and Journals:
Your Turn: Select
a poem from any of the Flash sites mentioned above and write
an analysis discussing how the use of Flash (sound and images)
affects the poem. In other words, how is the simple text of the
poem changed by the addition of animation.