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The Rise of Internet Poetry Christina Butan 405 words I feel this is a fantastic start to your enterpriser article.

The use of quotes and how many youve put into the article are great and help illustrate the poetry corner of Tumblr. As far as improvements go, this article is very strong and any improvements would be minor at best as youve done a wonderful job with it thus far. Ian Ever since its launch in 2007, the ever-growing blogging platform, Tumblr, has continuously popularized many things, from memes (a mocking of social culture that often takes the form of an image) to the hipster lifestyle (which popularizes following obscure fashion styles and music genres and making it trendy) to what seems to be the most recent uprising: poetry This entire opening paragraph is a great little introduction to the topic, doing a quick run through of Tumblrs culture has a whole while introducing the core of the article. The writing community on Tumblr has expanded significantly throughout the years. Home to 181.5 million blogs, users have taken up the art form in many different styles, from traditional text to visual concepts. This takeover comes at an interesting time; in a generation where complete conversations occur within 140 text characters thanks to Twitter, language is getting shorter and shorter, as are peoples attention spans. Over the past couple of years, slogans about art forms being dead (poetry is dead, literature is dead, journalism is dead, etc) have been hot topics. Playwright Gwydion Suilebhan said in a tweet, Poetry is dead. What pretends to be poetry now is either New Age

blather or vague nonsense or gibberish. It's zombie poetry. Great quote, maybe give an example of what you think he perceived as zombie poetry? The movement on Tumblr is positive towards the art form itself and helps many connect with and learn about it, but it brings up much debate about what the definition of poetry is anymore. Many of the poems seen on Tumblr are simple sentences with line breaks in between each word or two, or are represented graphically in a sort of distorted way. For example, Adriana M. Longs poem, Santos: forgive me for i know what i do. These float alongside the work of longer traditional poetry, written by users who are getting established and are self publishing their own books. In the Journal of Electronic Publishing, media poetry practitioner Jim Andrews writes about why he is an Internet artist. He says that some of his best poetry isnt recognizable as poetry. It cant be published on paper, being interactive and kinetic, often interactively sonic, and so on, he writes. But the engagement with language is intense You may want to put these two quotes into once sentence IE, he writes, and than goes on to say. That, to me, is the thing about poetry: the intensity of the engagement with language. Andrews goes on to say that poetry is animated and dominates projects in holography, genetics, mathematics, film, interactive media, sculpture, audio, and many other arts. Poetry has to be on the move or it risks being simply a retreat to simpler times, a retreat to simpler understandings of language than we puzzle through these days.