Two poems I adapted. Two new poems I created. Two I did not have adequate time to complete.
Through this project I discovered firsthand how characteristics of a variety of digital poems overlap.
All the poems share a use of imagery beyond the scope of what's described in the text. Within the original text of "Marriage Feint," I do not describe much of the narrative in detail. But in the digital poem "Marriage Feint," I give additional images that provide more context for the poem's narrative, including rain and alcohol bottles.
I also used similar techniques and software programs for all the poems that led to different effects. A poem is a collection of elements that build on one another. How those elements are positioned to interact make for a different poem and experience. For both "Through the Lens" and "Branding," I used the image trace option in Adobe Illustrator. The traced images still resemble photos in "Through the Lens" as the black-and-white backgrounds. Meanwhile, in "Branding," the traced images appear more abstract as the options for the mind category.
I intended to feature a category of digital poetry through each of my poems. I accomplished that as can be noted on each of the poem's description pages (e.g., "My Daughter's a Child:" Interactive).
Yet I noticed more and more over the course of this project how the poems I was creating could easily fall into more than one category. "My Daughter's a Child" is interactive, but it is also visual and kinetic with images and text readers can move across the screen.
A digital poem demands more of the reader. There is a participation requirement for my interactive poems, "My Daugther's a Child" and "Branding." But there's also a demand on the readers of "Marriage Feint" and "Through the Lens" to take in the extra layers of the poem in the form of visuals and audio.
When I adapted my print poems for the digital:
When I wrote and designed the new digital poems:
Overall, it was constraining on my design to start with a print poem. I felt I had to stay true to the imagery and narrative of the original poem. Whereas, when I designed the two new poems, I was not as attached to text and was more willing to adjust it to work with the visuals.
More research is needed to answer this question. I have not written enough new poetry during the course of this project to report on this. But there's a likelihood that I will at least think of how to create the visual complements of the imagery in my future poems.