John Cayley (director of Brown University's Electronic Writing program) reads an excerpt from his poem
PENTAMETERS TOWARD THE DISSOLUTION OF CERTAIN VECTORALIST RELATIONS
(which examines the effect of Google on language and poetics).
In this poem, by scrutinizing the associational lesions created by search engine technology as it infects writing with sets of corporate silo boundaries and sponsored messages, Cayley continues the long tradition of bard as critic and subtle scavenger, relentlessly exposing the implicit assumptions that erupt from the infrastructural underbelly of culture.
John has worked as a translator, publisher, poet and professor. In 2001, he won the Electronic Literature Organization's Award for Poetry. He is a ubiquitous presence at (and organizer of) conferences, festivals, gatherings, and other collectivities, wherever society requires the corrective of open dialog inspired by incisive grace.
To hear the entire poem,
with discursive and conversational interrrupts from Jhave
Interviewed & edited by
Jhave of glia.ca/
Recorded in John's Providence RI home
as an aspect of i2.literalart.net/
on Feb. 12th 2012