It All Comes Down To

In the MS-DOS poem "It All Comes Down To," Kendall explores "textual experimentation in a manner similar to Bootz, Dutey, and Maillard and Papp by using a hypermedia narrative that combines linear words and phrases in various fonts, sizes and colours. [ . . . ] For Kendall working with the computer provides the opportunity to utilize a uniquely contemporary set of tools . . . 'Soft Poetry' is, he writes in the readme file, 'an update to the ancient traditions of the word as art object –the tradition of calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, visual and pattern poetry [ . . . ] by making serious poetry more tangible and just plain fun,' Kendall writes, 'it can serve as a great introduction for students. Again and again it has captured the imagination of young people and those who don't like poetry'. -- Funkhouser, C. T. 2007. Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms. 1st ed. University Alabama Press.


The Robert Kendall Collection

An unpublished copy.

This copy was given by Robert Kendall to the Electronic Literature Lab in Fall of 2018.