Tacoma Grunge

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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.

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