Poetry Processes on the Web - or can a poem be "social"?
In my project “Poetry processes on the web” I am investigating and analyzing the Swedish websitewww.poeter.se (a national equivalent of the global site www.poetbay.com which can also be compared with the site www.allpoetry.com).www.poeter.se is one of Sweden’s largest web-based communities for poets, with more than 30 000 registered poets and 300 poems published each day.
Of particular interest to me is how literature can be considered to be “social” when published and consumed in a web-based context. What happens with the function of the author online? How are we constantly creating ourselves online through creative writing?
How can these “social” aspects of poetry written for a web-based community be understood? My approach to the material combines media and literary theory with theories about affects.