For those who haven’t heard, I’m headed to Alaska later this week by boat (er, um, a cruise) and since we dock in Vancouver, BC for a day we need to bring our passports. Since I haven’t been able to find mine, I set out to find it and that required going through every shelf, box and drawer. While leafing through hanging file folders, I stumbled on some old writings and was more than geek ecstatic when I found my first interactive poem from high school.
Ecstatic not because it’s great, but because of the memories. I was going to be an interactive artist. I wanted to use the web to make a new kind of art. Hence I shipped myself off to art school instead of mechanical engineering. Without further ado, a non-interactive write-up of an ode to HTML and webpages … including tags that have long since been deprecated.
first, you must
and watch it swell
is the first to pop
out, followed by the bare <BODY>,
but chance she will chill,
you must dress
her in headings <H1> to <H6>
and fancy fonts <FONT FACE>
and our children forever changing,
you mustn’t forget
your web page needs no neglect —
check in on her from time to time,
adorn her with changes she needs,
attend to yourself
in this age of technology.
In college, I took a poetry class and decided to share this ‘oldie’ with the group to which I received some interesting feedback including this one which made me laugh. From 1999:
“This makes me think about all those abandoned (out-of-date) web pages out there … like ORPHANS. Lord.”
There were abandoned pages in 1999? If only I could go back in time and show them the state of the web today. Lord.
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