OZY: Tired Of The Social Media Void? Try Connecting Over Poetry. “Poetizer, a new social media platform, is connecting its users through verse. Aiming to be a positive, metaphysical alternative to the existing platforms, Poetizer is what co-founder Lukas Sedlacek calls ‘a safe space’ online for creative expression and connection. In contrast to traditional social media, Sedlacek explains, poetry as a platform allows us to see what unites us as humans struggling to make sense of the world around us. And his social media experiment is catching on. “
Library of Congress: Fresh Life (Online) for the epic Shahnamah. “‘The Shahnamah,’ (translated as ‘The Persian Book of Kings’) is the majestic narrative that recounts the history of pre-Islamic Persia, a staggering work of literature first published about 1,000 years ago. Written by the poet Ferdowsi, it is composed of 62 separate stories set in 50,000 rhyming couplets and divided into 990 chapters. It was 33 years in the making. ‘Epic’ doesn’t begin to cover it…. The Library has three gorgeous manuscript copies of ‘Shahnamah’ – and, as a four-year digitization process of the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection is now wrapping up, you can now see them all online.”
Google Blog: Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI. “POEMPORTRAITS is an online collective artwork, experimenting at the boundaries of AI and human collaboration—a combination of poetry, design and machine learning. A POEMPORTRAIT is your self portrait overlaid with a unique poem, created by AI. Starting today, you can create your own and contribute to the evolving, collective poem.” You do NOT have to take a selfie to get a poem. Which is good because I was about to do a level 8 Daffy Duck.
Library of Congress: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman with Series of Exhibits, Events and Digital Crowdsourcing to Showcase Collections
Library of Congress: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman with Series of Exhibits, Events and Digital Crowdsourcing to Showcase Collections. “The Library’s crowdsourcing initiative ‘By the People’ will launch a campaign April 24 to enlist the public to help transcribe more than 121,000 pages of Whitman’s writings and papers to make them more searchable and accessible online. Documents selected for transcription will include samples of Whitman’s poetry, prose and correspondence, including versions of poems such as ‘Oh Captain! My Captain!’ and fragments of poems Whitman published in more finished form in ‘Leaves of Grass.’”
Lifehacker: How to Spice Up Gmail’s ‘Smart Replies’ With Random Poetry. “Not all hacks have to make you a productivity wizard. Some only need to make you happy, and add a little joy (or confusion) to those you email, too. At least, that’s the best way I can think of to describe the Chrome extension ‘Suggested poems for Gmail,’ a brilliant little service that drops a literary bomb on Google’s normal suggested autoreplies in Gmail.”
The National Herald: Onassis Foundation Launches Digital Collection of Cavafy Archive Open to All. “The Onassis Foundation announced on March 28 the launch of the digital collection of the Cavafy Archive – manuscripts of poems as well as prose literary works, studies and notes by the poet, all set alongside his personal archive rich in correspondence, texts and photographs…” To be clear, the “Cavafy” referred to in this article is Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy.
Princeton: Princeton Prosody Archive Launches a Bold New Site. “The thousands of digitized works in the Princeton Prosody Archive are now publicly available on the archive’s new and improved website. The searchable site means centuries’ worth of texts are right at your fingertips.” After I went and looked up prosody, I checked out the Princeton Prosody Archive. It describes itself this way: “Welcome to the Princeton Prosody Archive, a full-text searchable database of thousands of digitized books published between 1570 and 1923. The Archive collects historical documents and highlights discourses about the study of language, the study of poetry, and where and how these intersect and diverge.”
Cape Gazette: Delaware Poetry Review still accessible in online archive. “Published between 2007 and 2017, Delaware Poetry Review featured a total of 163 poets, ranging from authors who had never previously published to those with national reputations. Contributors include Poets Laureate of the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, including JoAnn Balingit, Fleda Brown, Grace Cavalieri, and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda…. Past issues will be preserved in perpetuity thanks to the Cape Gazette newspaper, sponsor of the journal.”
The Retriever: “Chicory” and the forgotten voices of Black Baltimore. “In Nov. 1966, the first issue of ‘Chicory,’ written by everyday residents of Baltimore City, was published. Publishing original poetry with little to no editing, the magazine grew as a space for young people of color in the poorest neighborhoods of the city to express themselves. Working as a ‘vehicle for civic dialogue’ and fostering a community environment among the Black ghetto, ‘Chicory’ was for who [Mary] Rizzo described as ‘people who don’t necessarily like to write, but who have something to say.’”
University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham to launch online database of musical works inspired by French poet Charles Baudelaire
University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham to launch online database of musical works inspired by French poet Charles Baudelaire. “The project, which started in 2015 and will end later this year, has researched all the song settings available to date of the 200+ poems written by the leading nineteenth-century French author who died over 150 years ago. The new database will contain over 1,600 songs in 25 different languages, and 40 different musical styles, from death metal to classical mélodie.” The database launches March 15th.
Classical Central Asia in the Digital Age: Three Newly-Digitised Navoiy Manuscripts at the British Library (British Library)
British Library: Classical Central Asia in the Digital Age: Three Newly-Digitised Navoiy Manuscripts at the British Library . “Thanks to a partnership between the British Library and the Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature named Alisher Navoiy, three manuscripts including the poetical works of Alisher Navoiy are now available online. These three items are the first Chagatai-language texts to be uploaded to the Library’s digitised manuscript holdings, a sample of the more than 110 Chagatai and Central Asian Turkic manuscripts held by the British Library as part of its Turkish and Turkic collections.”