Technology Changes Poetry
Technology changes the way you do business and that includes poetry.
Much like the typewriter’s revolutionary impact on the way writing was done, and giving truth to Kerouac’s teletype scroll and his prophetic insight into the future technology of texts, the word processor allows content to be viewed as a flow of literature from which can be gleaned, teased, netted what then become individual works. [The] word document is processed beyond its mere transcription as a standardized visual representation of a poem on the page accessible to all who would have it.
In the words of Jack’s fellow visionary, Philip Whalen, the poem is a nerve movie, “a picture of the mind moving.”
Modern poetry demands more than just a casual interest—that is the purpose of its complexity.
At a certain point in history the page presents itself to the modern poet as a field upon which to act rather than as a blank space on which to introduce the narrative of something that has already occurred. What is set on the page is not transcription but interaction.
In its revelation a good poem steps into the adjacent possible.
Potential field poetry recognizes that in a field of random words there is the probability of a multiplicity of meaning.
A unified theory of literature requires an understanding that all writing is framed sentience in the semblance of language.
From Much Much More, 1990-2010
Preface to SO MUCH Selected Poems Volume II
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As poet and critic Andrei Codrescu has said, Nolan’s poetry “survived, with the help of not just the luxury of irony, but also the blending of his secretly bilingual (French-Canadian and American) language, his intensely questioned, but never renounced, faith in poetry. His sense of wonder, sometimes wary and wise, often surprised, is always in and of the world around him.”
More Praise for Pat Nolan’s poetry:
“Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power. He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water
“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”
—Keith Kumasen Abbott, author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir.
“Reading a book of Pat Nolan poems, I tell myself to breathe, to be mindful, because everything is here, from the Zen moment that never ends to the surreal architecture we live within.”
—Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame
Pat Nolan’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, two novels, and an online serial fiction. He also maintains Parole, the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers.
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