Screenshots: A Poem Floats

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Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest.

A Poem Floats
by Pascalle Burton

How much can you say using only thirteen words? What if you could animate those thirteen words across 793 frames? Contributing to the long tradition of works that blur the boundary between literary and visual art, the words that make up A Poem Floats do not move at random, but in patterns, combining and recombining.

Pascalle Burton’s poem-in-a-gif-file takes time to fully realise its texts and requires active engagement from the reader to make meaning from its playful approach to language. In its coiling and uncoiling spirals, A Poem Floats piece makes reference to 2005 work deadsee by Israeli artist Sigalit Landau, a work that suspended a spiral raft of watermelons in the Dead Sea.

It packs a lot into those thirteen words.

Simon Groth is a writer and editor whose works include Infinite Blue (with Darren Groth) and Hunted Down and Other Tales (with Marcus Clarke). He currently completing work on Ex Libris, a novel where every copy contains a unique order of chapters.

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