poetry map app

October 12, 2016

Poetic Places

Here’s another poetry map app (for iOS and Android). This one was launched in London, England, but hopes to expand worldwide and invites your suggestions. Poetic Places ties together geography, poetry, history, images and sound. If you leave it running in the background, Poetic Places will alert you when you’re nearing a significant site; if you’d rather plan your poetry route, you can search by location.

A collaboration between the British Library and Sarah Cole of TIME/IMAGE, Poetic Places has an informative website as well as a Facebook page and a Twitter feed @poetic_places. The developers are quite transparent about their process, so if you’re considering a similar undertaking, check out Points of Interest.

poetry to go

June 15, 2016

the Poetry Foundation's POETRY mobile appNeed to hear a little more poetry? There’s an app for that.

The POETRY Mobile App for iPhone and Android has been around since 2013, includes “thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets” and is free for iPhone, iPad and Android.

As long as we’re talking apps, Poetics is “a visual poetry app that combines moveable text with photographic imagery.” $1.99

poem tech

February 11, 2016

Secretary Bird

Now and then, we talk about apps related to poetry and here’s one that recently came to our attention. Secretary Bird is a free “poets workbench support application” designed specifically to help poets organize their poetry writing, revisions, submissions, readings, critiques, etc.

The developer, John Richardson, is a British poet and web designer; non-British English speakers may find some slight (but not critical) differences in terminology. While we can’t vouch for the software, Richardson has created a handsome website (with the sole exception of the video, which is a bit tedious), so if you are comfortable in the world of new technology and you’re looking for a new way to wrangle your poems, you might try Secretary Bird. Feedback welcome.

testing the boundaries

December 1, 2015


Abra is many things: poetry, performance, video, artists’ book, paperback (soon) and app. Most of all it is a living poetry-based text that is interactive and mutating. A collaborative project, Abra is the invention of Amaranth Borsuk, a faculty member at the University of Washington-Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, along with Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher.

Watch the video, see photos and learn more at the Abra website or visit iTunes to get the free Abra app.
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June 16, 2015

He liked thick word soup

In honor of Bloomsday, which is celebrated each June 16 by James Joyce fans worldwide, try your hand at He liked thick word soup, a Joycean app by chronotext / Ariel Malka.

The idea is that by manually untangling word threads and matching them to part of a phrase from Ulysses, the player is actually doing a close reading of a short passage from the dense novel.

It’s available for iPhone and Android and it’s free.

photo by LRK 1970

We’ve mentioned ekphrasis and ekphrastic poetry in several posts. At its most basic, ekphrasis links two art forms, using one to describe or evoke the other. Ross Goodwin, a graduate student at NYU ITP, has mechanized ekphrasis in a way that exceeds this writer’s technical knowledge but has the potential for opening new vistas into visual/verbal interactions.

Goodwin’s word.camera invites you to share an image with his app, which “reads” the image and generates a “lexograph” — a dense stream of text based on what it “sees.” The text could be a source for found poetry, or phrases within it could become prompts for new poems related to the original image. It’s quirky, crazy, fun, and under development.

To see what word.camera had to say about the photograph above, click here. To learn more about Ross Goodwin’s projects, visit The Hypertext.
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LRK photo 1970

poetry walk…with extras

April 18, 2015

Lewisburg, PA
Next time you’re in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, be sure to follow the Poetry Path through downtown Lewisburg and onto the campus of Bucknell University. Now, thanks to a team of undergraduate engineering students, you can download the Bucknell Paths app, which “provides Google Maps navigation around the path…as well as audio playback of the poems along the path — in many cases read by the authors themselves — and additional information about each poem and its author.” Nice.

get some Poetry

April 12, 2015


In honor of National Poetry Month, the Poetry Foundation is offering free downloads of the April edition of Poetry magazine, including audio and video. Get your Poetry now.

Poets & Writers LocalIf you’ve ever browsed through the calendar of Literary Events or the database of reading venues or the literary places or the magazine’s city guides at Poets & Writers, you know there’s an abundance of riches to keep you stuck in front of your computer. Now you can get unstuck with Poets & Writers Local, a free app for iPhone and Android that offers those connections and more. Check it out.

New app: Wilfred Owen poetry

September 1, 2014

Wilfred Owen plate from Poems (1920)Though Wilfred Owen published only four poems in his short lifetime, film and media instructor Ian Bennett has brought 45 of Owen’s poems to life in his new poetry app, Owen.

For those interested in Wilfred Owen, or in war poetry generally, this is a thoughtful contribution. Each poem is seen on screen, read aloud and accompanied by artwork. In additon, Bennett has provided academic critique and commentary by seven scholars. The app is introduced by Wilfred Owen’s nephew, Peter Owen.

For more: find Owen, the app, at the iTunes store; learn much more about Owen’s life and work at the Wilfred Owen Association; learn more about the app, including the choice of readers, a list of poems and the illustrations and sample recordings on SourceOwen; and read an article by Ian Bennett in The Guardian, “How we made The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen app for iPad.”
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