June 28, 2007

Obsession of the moment: QuickMuse


Wow, you want to see something that's both highly literary and can eat up an entire boring morning at work? Then check out QuickMuse, an animation project which combines the act of writing poetry with the act of recording the writing of poetry. Headed up by Ken Gordon, QuickMuse uses a very simple premise as its core; it merely asks intriguing poets to write new extemporaneous poems for them on a regular basis, then uses a program to literally record the poet in real time as they compose the piece itself. When you play back the recording at the website, then (hint: do it in the 4X mode), you can literally watch that poet actually write the piece; watch them back up and erase words, watch them get stuck on a particular line, watch the verses flow out of them by the time they get near the end.

It's a pretty fascinating thing to watch, I have to admit, and especially when combined with the caliber of writers they've gotten to participate -- Robert Pinsky, Rick Moody, CCLaP friends Neal Pollack and Jeffrey McDaniel, and a lot more. Definitely check it out when you have a chance, but be warned that you should have plenty of free time at your disposal too; this site will definitely suck you in.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 8:33 AM, June 28, 2007. Filed under: Literature | Profiles |