“Lost and Found” : A Collection of Poetry and Ephemera in the Spirit of Hypertext and Multimedia Literature
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The author first introduces examples of hypertext and multimedia books, and then explains the process of creating a collection of poems with attached ephemera. The author writes, “once the poems were written and put into some sort of order, I could begin to craft the object that would contain them. I picked up a Moleskine notebook from Barnes and Noble (the notebook itself inspired a poem— the first page of it said “in case of loss, pleas return to: / as a reward: $” and this was too perfect for my theme to just leave it alone). I had my photographs printed at Walgreen’s. I made copies of things I wanted to include snippets of but not destroy—namely, and old love note from my ex and some pages from a couple of my favorite comics (plus a quote from S. that was particularly meaningful to me in the wake of my breakup). I created the cover image in GIMP, a free and open-source version of Photoshop. The base image is the photo I took of my house on fire. I printed it out and affixed it to the cover of the notebook with double-sided tape. Once I figured out how I wanted the extra materials arranged relative to the poems, it was simply a matter of gluing it all in place.” The final steps included creating a hollow for an assortment of additional objects and posting images of the pages with both poems and “stuff” on Tumblr.