Words change everything.
We create poems and stories to free the world from itself, to reveal
the many feral faces of life. But ironically these liberating words
are usually imprisoned on the page or computer screen. Out in the “real” world
of day-to-day activity, we use words more crassly. We put labels and
signs on things to tame them—identify, categorize, explain, instruct,
proclaim ownership. What if instead the labels could liberate the everyday
world from the literal, proclaim rather than cover up the mysteries?
What if they could become Logozoa—textual organisms that infest
the literal with metaphor and give impetuous life and breath to meaning?
Lo·go·zo·a n [fr.
Gk logos word + zoia animals] (2005) 1 : word
animals : textual
organisms 2 : a phylum or subkingdom of linguistic entities
that are represented in almost every kind of habitat and include
aphorisms, anti-aphorisms, maxims, minims, neokoans, sayings, left-unsaids, proverbialisms,
poemlets, microtales, instant fables, and other varieties of conceptual
Find out what happens when you let word animals roam your daily
Logozoa, print them onto your own stickers, and let them loose in
your home or neighborhood. Visit the Logozoo to see photos of Logozoa
in their natural habitat. To help ensure that these unique creatures
do not go the way of so many once-endangered, now-extinct species,
photograph your Logozoa and send them to the Logozoo. Explore
the Soothcircuit, a unique colony of Logozoa that responds
to your questions with insights and prognostications.
About the Author
Robert Kendall has been writing electronic poetry since 1990. He is
the author of the book-length hypertext poem A Life Set for Two (Eastgate
Systems) and other electronic works published at BBC Online, Iowa
Review Web, Cortland Review, Eastgate Hypertext Reading Room, Cauldron & Net, and
other Web sites. His electronic poetry has been exhibited at many venues
in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia, and
he has given interactive readings of his work in many cities. His printed
book of poetry, A Wandering City, was awarded the Cleveland State
University Poetry Center Prize, and he has received a New Jersey State
Council on the Arts Fellowship, a New Forms Regional Grant, and other
awards. He has taught electronic poetry and fiction for the New School
University ’s online program since 1995. He runs the literary Web
site Word Circuits and the ELO’s Electronic
and is codeveloper of Word
Circuits Connection Muse, a hypertext tool
for poets and fiction writers. He has written many articles about electronic
literature for national publications, such as Poets & Writers
Magazine, and he lectures frequently on the topic.
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