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Matt Bryden's Poetry Map

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StyleCurious featured Matt Bryden has created a map of poems based upon his unique collection of travels and experiences around the world. He plans to continually update the map with new poems and will shortly be adding sound - so you will be able to hear him reading the poems by clicking onto the location markers on the map. See below for a larger version of the map with a full list of poems, together with Matt's personal introduction to this groundbreaking project:

You can see this in a larger map here

(with full list of poems on the left hand side)

Matt Bryden, creator of the poetry map says:

"Like most poets, I am wary of publishing things on the internet – it can often prove a lifetime commitment, or beyond. While looking through my poems about London in relation to the writer’s residency at Shop Curious, I found lots written on trains and buses. They seemed to sit with pieces written about Prague, and Poland, and Chicago and Tuscany – after all, I travelled about those places by the same means: trains and buses on which I scribbled poems. So I pulled them out too.

Reading through the fifty or so poems, I found a narrative emerged, a prism held – through which the world was viewed. While a lot of the pieces are unpublished – arising from external stimulae in response to the moment, and not having much more consequence than that – I hoped these scraps might perhaps add up to some kind of picture. I haven’t finished travelling yet, so it is not set in stone. Like Christopher Logue’s floating collection of vivid fragments New Numbers, it can be read in any order, will never set.

As will be familiar to readers of poetry on the Kindle, there are certain features of poetry which do not translate to the screen amicably. These include line-length, formatting (italics, bold etc) and even dashes and apostrophes. However, I’m reminded of David Lynch’s comments on his late-eighties TV series Twin Peaks. Why would you want to use a medium which is punctuated by adverts, in grainy resolution that varies depending on each viewer’s TV set, in which there is no control over sound and in which most viewers will miss vital sections and forget the narrative week after week? Yet there was something inherently good about that kind of communication that reached people in their homes. I hope there’s something good about this kind of communication."   


By Matt on 17/03/2012 22:08:11

As far as I know, this is the first map of poems by an individual author, yes. In fact, it is unusual for a poet to publish so much work online, rather than in magazine or book form, so I can't imagine many others following suit. The project has given me a reason to do this - I see the poems as part of a whole rather than as 'stand-alone' pieces. I would like to add diary entries, video and audio recordings, as well as introducing a number of other innovations to develop it into something more idiosyncratic and interactive - it would be nice to be able to immerse oneself in the entries and perhaps actually be able to navigate through the poems in different ways. To be continued...

By Elena on 17/03/2012 15:31:26

Is this a world first or has it been done before?

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