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Making Scenes
by Adrienne Eisen

Small Boat with Oars of Different Size
by Thom Ward

Viking Brides
by Richard Cumyn

Interesting Monsters
by Aldo Alvarez

The Gauguin Answer Sheet
by Dennis Finnell

Rosicrucian in the Basement
by Robert Sward

Bloodroot
by Aaron Roy Even




























The Blue Moon Review
 
The Edge Effect edited by Marjorie C. Luesebrink
One of the most interesting aspects of hypermedia fiction and poetry is the indetermination of boundary, edge, and border.  If we could locate the nexus of the identifying feature, the element that separates print text from hypertext and hypermedia, it might be found in the instances when the "other" media begins to assume full responsibility for the manifestation of the art itself.  That is, music is no longer background sound, graphics are no longer corollary illustration - each aspect of the media blend is essential to the entire experience.  One way to approach this phenomenon is to look at works that are on the very margin, so to speak.  The Blue Moon Review Hypermedia selections for Fall, 2002, do just that. 

Poems from Web, Warp, and Weft Sometimes it is the visual feature of a piece that begins to morph into true hypermedia. Such is the case with the selections from Jeremy Duffield and Helen Whitehead, part of the web work "Web Warp & Weft," a project to study the textile industry in Nottingham, UK.  Jeremy's poems, text, and photos, combined with illustrations of textile processing techniques and Helen's design, become a kind of hypermedia reading experience.

Bites and Bams Another "edge effect" occurs when the text begins to assume the function of graphic.  Christopher Mulrooney's poetry cycle, "Bites and Bams," is an example of this phenomenon.

Plush Finally, the very subject matter and tone of hypermedia is still experimental.  Because the WWW is such a public medium, some pieces have a jagged intimacy that nudges the envelope of expectations.  Jason Nelson gives us such a work with "Plush."

-ML.

 

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Contributors' Notes:

Jeremy Duffield was born in Derbyshire where he still lives.  After a career in the textile industry, specializing in the dyeing and finishing of cotton and man-made fabrics, he now works part-time for a veterinary surgeon. He has been writing poetry for many years and his publications include a pamphlet Danced By The Light Of The Moon in 1993 and a collection Oak Apples and Heavenly Kisses in late 1999. The poems for the "Web-Warp-Weft" project, with Helen Whitehead, were his first written for the web. He is very active on the literary scene of the East Midlands as both poet/performer and promoter. 

Christopher Mulrooney is the author of notebook and sheaves.  

Having grown up on the plains, Jason Nelson is bullied by downtowns and busy streets. His work has appeared in most of the usual places, but he still loves finding curious new venues. Some of his odd work can be seen at: www.heliozoa.com or tell him you hate his work at: heliopod@yahoo.com.

Helen Whitehead is a writer and editor who has been working with online media since 1985. She explores science & technology, family and spirituality and is particularly interested in writing at the interstices where these themes meet and intertwine. She has led collaborative Web writing projects and has taught Web writing and the Internet to a variety of groups from 6-year-olds to attendees at the Arvon Foundation residential writing courses in Yorkshire, UK. She holds an MA in Writing from The Nottingham Trent University, where she specialized in hypertext fiction on the Web. She is currently website editor for the trAce Online Writing Centre and School, and Editor of "Kids on the Net."  Her major work "Web Warp & Weft" was commissioned for the UK Year of the Artist 2000/2001.

 
 
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