this year I was
fortunate enough to be in Buffalo, NY about the time of the E-Poetry
2001 Festival. Arriving at 2 am after a
many-legged flight from Auckland I was quickly lost in a white-out
blizzard, trying to cope with airport ring-roads and keeping to the
foreign side of a rapidly disappearing highway. Eventually I found my
hotel, a few hours sleep and Niagara Falls covered in ice, before
spending a night doing the rounds of bars with e-poets from Buffalo,
Australia, and London. Their talk was as much about the
theory. What struck me most was their total immersion in the electronic
medium - the creative challenges of multimedia and hypertext, the
immediacy of instant publication and criticism.
Buffalo may sound
like a strange place for a poetry stronghold - known previously to me only by
the song "Buffalo Gals" - but is the home of the Electronic
Poetry Center. Started in 1995 the Center is the hub of contemporary
poetry on the Internet, providing an edited collection of primary
literary texts . It is also the inspiration for the
recently launched New Zealand
Electronic Poetry Centre - a project developed by poet Michele Leggott and the
University of Auckland Library and supported by Auckland University Press. It
aims to be the gateway to New Zealand poetry on the Internet and already
features 300 pages of poetry, criticism, sound and video files and archival
material, as well as links to other online New Zealand poetry.
Trout Nine has been a long time coming this year. Apologies to those who were
expecting something before winter. One advantage of such a delay is a wealth of
content. New work from Elizabeth Smither, Nick Ascroft, Raewyn Alexander and
Stephen Oliver, and poems and prose from a number of new and previously
published writers. We are also delighted to publish ink drawings by well known
author Albert Wendt and poems by artist John Pule.
Robert is away in Hawaii on a writing fellowship, Tony is working on a site
redesign for Trout Ten and I am looking forward to a summer holiday.
2001 Trout &