Truth Comic is a poem about authority, particularly
paternalistic authority with associated implications of judgement and traditionally
assumed patriarchal rights.
It explores, using symbols, the difficulty of reconciling creative
thinking with moral expectations within a paternalistic, patriarchal model.
Thus it is about the influence of feminism.
The symbols used also reveal a struggle between a spontaneous
child self who wishes to obey a paternalistic authority and knowledge that
the feminist revolution is a necessary one to become an independent adult
who can explore ideas without resorting to child-like, irresponsible rebellion.
A woman does need to intellectualise thought, but not emotion, while claiming
emotion as a moral right. For a societal model to designate emotion is immoral.
Notice the symbolic use of military cap badge and Major's crown,
East European car, chaotically placed beer bottles and child's puzzle pieces.
instructions: seven pages linked
by the red, blue and green big dots and cross, click to change the page. find
these dots and crosses and other mouseover links by sliding the mouse over
the page. there is reason in this madness! hypertext rocks!
A poem based on hexagram 60 of the I Ching - Limitation
or Chieh, which instructs: "things cannot forever separate" and
reveals the way, through the mystery of its six yin and yang lines
that limitation creates coherence, stability and unification, in the way that
the waters of a lake are held together by limitation in that it is contained
by rock and earth.
The text reveals that limitation must not be taken to extremes
or it becomes fundamentalism. It indicates the way of going forward through
moderation to the end goal of unity.
This hexagram was given as an oracular reply to a query and
the poem limit was written as an interpretation and expression of
instructions: links have been created to limit
the visual presentation of parts of this poem in various ways, to show the
way that moderation can be exerted in various difficult circumstances. the
pictures all relate to psychological conditions inspired by real events and
possible future events.
mouseovers mainly and a few clicks - five pages.
Detail can illuminate a subject; but it takes intelligence
to become absorbed in detail without losing the original point of such investigation.
"Prison detail" can also mean the assignment to special duties.
One of the starter points of this poem was the much used phrase:
"Aspirational living". This focuses on objective reality, on the
possessions one may or may not own: the assemblage of objects that together
are routinely put forward as constituting a desirable life style. In this
poem objects are used randomly to suggest a life style without such material
aspiration but with health and vitality at its roots and as its goal.
To be imprisoned within such a contemplative life is perhaps
more an honour than a sentence; but we all need to feel ordinary human comfort
and experience the reassurance of warmth and friendliness. No one can survive
happily wrapped up in any kind of self absorption, be it that of an aspirational
or contemplative life.
These are some of the ideas presented in this hypertext poem
illustrated by four objects: a bamboo leaf, a peony leaf, an article from
the Guardian and some bubble wrap. Are they recognised when looked
at in close up, minute detail? Do they make any more sense when considered
as a complete object? What symbolic association can be gleaned from the
relationship of the objects? What ideas are linked automatically with each?
And what light do these cast on the dichotomy of aspirational and contemplative
instructions: mouseovers and
clicks are used to reveal linked text and graphics. they are not always
obvious! relying more on the reader's interest, intelligence and instinct
to establish the order, manifestation and exact presentation of the poem.
this is the beauty of hypertext - it allows the fluid nature of the poetic
mind to transmit the principal of imagination in flux to the reader, communicating
more directly to the creative part of the reader's mind than is possible
in a traditional black and white, text on paper poem. eight pages.
layer love is a simple hypertext over three pages.
It explores the ability of single words within the context of the multi-dimensional
nature of hypertext, to become alive and adapt to meanings imagined by the
reader when linked together under the dynamic principles of hypertext.
What then does this poem mean?
The idea is that its meanings are entirely personal, the actual
words and numbers used are suggestive rather than determinative. This hints
at a wider attitude of openness, lack of prejudice and freedom under the auspices
of which the Internet was originally conceived.
instructions: click and drag individual words to change the pages.
excuse is a love poem to an absent, invisible person,
met or rather found, on the Internet.
The title excuse refers firstly to excuses made by
the invisible person who is unsure whether reality is preferable to a romance
of the mind and the merging of two imaginations. Secondly it is an apology,
"excuse me" by the poet for accusing her most respected beloved
of making any such excuses!
The concept explored is the relationship between a romantic
ideal and the difficulties of realising or communicating this. Can love that
flourishes in the realm of the imagination (and in hypertext presented on
the Internet) be an ideal love?
It is a poem both of unconditional longing for a spiritual ideal
and a conditional longing for this spiritual ideal to become real.
instructions: some of the links are deliberately
obscure and difficult to find, as the messages are secret, like those left
in the cleft of a tree. The secrecy of the links make obscure the connections
between the six pages of this hypertext poem. this imitates the instinctive
emotions that inspired this poem. The element of hypertext brings a reader
interactive element into the poetic reflection of the often hidden and discrete
aspect of nature herself and natural, spontaneous expression of deep emotion.
hard drive human
In this poem ideas of courtly love as applied to a contemporary
scenario are presented. This world we live in is not one of vulgarity, we
experience and act upon subtle emotion perhaps in even finer detail than people
did in the past.
The poet puts herself in the role of the medieval woman scholar
writing to convince that women understand and embrace principals of honour
and fidelity. In medieval times it was believed that women were absolutely
at the mercy of their emotions and the influence of others.
The poem Hard Drive Human extrapolates the soul of
a woman who knows herself and her emotions and understands the pressure they
play in life, as in art. She knows how to cultivate the influence of her emotions
through love to refine her intellect. Her emotions do not turn her into an
irrational, gullible animal.
It is presented within window areas reminiscent
of medieval stained glass. They have been created from a scanned hard drive
to show one way the niceties and refining, spiritual qualities of emotion
can be experienced, via the Internet, where the sensual faculties can be entirely
excluded from the means communication. The
word alone can suffice.
In the Poem Patience the comparative speed of the passing
of time is explored. The obvious difference is fast and slow. There are many
reasons why time sometimes flies by and at others it drags. The reasons explored
here relate to family relationships: they can be liberating but they can also
fix a person into a form (or psychological personality format) that is uncomfortable.
As can a role in work; the supreme fictional example of this is Yossarian.
The flip of a coin can be decisive, the rule of chance can
also breed obsession and addiction to gambling which can totally alter the
perception of time. Love too plays strange games with linear time.
However hard we try to make time go in a straight line there
is another part of self that would have it dance to a different rhythm.
Fear, another strong, primal emotion influences the passing
of time. The scans of these beautiful watches are of my father's 1940s watches,
bought while on active service in Europe in WWII. During action the soldiers
would not sleep for five nights in a row.
Comments on the nature of human aggression and its expression
in warfare are also discovered in the poem
Instructions: Slow section: individual words are on layers, drag these
to the middle of the watch to change the pages.
Fast section: some objects are on layers that can be dragged,
mainly resulting in hidden messages. There are two subtly different pages
in this section and a few pages with links in pop up menus.