Anthropophagy: the unusual and iconoclastic Brazilian creative philosophy | Reality Sandwich

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Digital poetry is primarily anthropophagic because it mints a literary concept via the absorption of forms of expression and production that are foreign to digital technology and the primary concerns of the Web. Digital poems have inherited the qualities of computer media: poets courageously embrace formidable machines, built for the progression of science and business, and these explorations have been fruitful. Assimilation of texts and language unrelated to computer operations and has endowed digital poetry with an autonomy. The anthropophagy of early computer poems generated by algorithmic equation reify modernism’s inscription of tentative, nonlinear arrangements of text; use of randomized elements, as in Dada, is sometimes employed. Instead of computing equations and processing data, the computer and WWW are entrusted with creative responsibilities, giving the machines, programs, and servers a role in the negotiation between author, reader, and language. This dynamic invites the author to reconsider what an author is and does, enables poets to recycle composed texts within new contexts, and to alter the visual materiality of texts in inventive ways.