Tacoma Grunge

Image: Thomas Guest

Well, another day of #Digi­w­rimo gone by, and I’ll con­clude today’s code poem exer­cise by throw­ing my hat into the ring with some very dis­tin­guished folk. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I went to grad­u­ate school with a guy named Scott Ret­tberg. Scott was way, way ahead of his time. While every­one was mis­in­ter­pret­ing Der­rida and try­ing to sound smart, Scott was learn­ing HTML, build­ing web­pages, and writ­ing e-lit. As a mat­ter of fact, he cre­ated a web­page for our Eng­lish Depart­ment before the school did! The department’s admin­is­tra­tion would refer stu­dents to Scott’s site—at the time called Synecdoche—for use­ful infor­ma­tion. Not their own site, Scott’s site. When inter­view­ing for my cur­rent job I, like many, had to do a teach­ing demon­stra­tion. I really wanted to come in and wow the stu­dents with some­thing dif­fer­ent, and I knew no one would use any e-lit. So, in addi­tion to teach­ing a Wal­lace Steven’s poem, I used Scott’s gen­er­at­ing poem “Tokyo Garage,” which is a remix of Nick Montfort’s “Taroko Gorge.” There have been many remixes since, includ­ing Mark Sample’s bril­liant “Takei, George.” I sim­ply wanted to throw my hat into the ring, and post­ing this on a day of code poetry seems appro­pri­ate. So, I give you the stepchild of the Wash­ing­ton alter­na­tive move­ment… Tacoma Grunge.

Title: Tacoma Grunge



One thought on “Tacoma Grunge

  1. I’d love to know more about the for­mat of the poem. They all seem inter­est­ing — like fruit from the same tree, but with dif­fer­ent tastes — and it is inter­est­ing as viewer/reader to try to fig­ure out the threads of the for­mat.

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