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Mark Doty on Poetry in the Digital Age

Celebrate National Poetry Month the eBookNewser way, with poet Mark Doty, who talked to Jason Boog and Matt Van Hoven on this morning’s edition of Morning Media Menu.

The video above was made by Granta magazine based on a personal essay by Doty about the affair with a man that ended his marriage to his wife. The film is part of a multimedia push Granta‘s making, which will include a forthcoming iPhone app, which Doty discussed on this morning’s show.

He also talked about how poetry might mix with other media in this brave new digital age. Here’s an excerpt: “”I think the idea of offering the perspective of a visual image, a little music, makes a wonderful invitation into a work of literature–be it a poem, a memoir, whatever. Why not use every medium we can find to connect with the audience? I love that the people at Granta are about to put out a smartphone app around this same issue. You will be able to access some media related to the Sex issue on your smartphone very shortly.”

Listen to the whole interview using the embeded player, and click past the break for more of the interview from GalleyCat.


Doty concluded: “I love that literature (including memoir and poetry) is something that might get advertised. That has trailers, that has new ways of letting people know what’s going on. When John Freeman told me these videos would be made and he was busy casting me, my curiosity was very much piqued. Especially since it’s a pretty frank essay–the fact that they were making a movie about my sexual exploits was provocative, to say the least.”

If you want to read more coverage of Granta‘s multimedia efforts, follow this link. Full disclosure: This GalleyCat editor has written for Granta in the past.

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