Thursday, April 23, 2009

SpicyNodes: Operculum, Up

This is the most awesome toy. You can explore it at SpicyNodes

For comparison here's the linear version of Operculum.

It's still in beta and there are some things I don't like about it. The editing interface leaves things to be desired, and it's not really set up to represent a poem as a network which is what I wanted to do-- you'll see if you follow from "Pushed aside" to "The soul crawls" that in between there's an ugly piece of link code which you shouldn't have to see. Also, you have to click on a node to expand the text under it, which isn't obvious-- otherwise, I'd have to put all the text into the description.

Oh, and you have to dink with the heights and widths to get it to be manageable on Blogger.

But it's a fun presentation and it definitely challenges me to think about poetry in a different way.

Below is a nodemap version of Up:

It has the same linking problem, but the modular nature of a ghazal lends itself to the presentation.

Not good for really long poems, highly structured poems, or conventional narrative poems.

The one I really wanted to get to work was Anatomical Carnival, but that had just too much network in it.

Collection available! Knocking from Inside

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