Robert Kendall (poet)

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Robert Kendall is an influential figure in the field of digital poetry. Canadian-born, he now lives in the United States.[1] He has a Master's degree in Musicology and has taught electronic poetry for the New School University's online course.[2]

In 1990, he used DOS to create two 'kinetic poems', The Clue: a MiniMystery and It all Comes Down to ________.[3] [4] Kendall refers to these two early poems as "SoftPoems", in which words and phrases are animated to match movement with meaning.[1] He later worked with Visual Basic, using this Microsoft programming language to create a book-length hypertext poem, A Life Set for Two, in 1996.[5] Kendall has also created work for Flash and the Web. Kendall serves on the board of directors for the Electronic Literature Organization.[6] More information about Robert Kendall and his work at his personal website.[7]


  • Kendall, Robert (2006). Logoza.
  • Kendall, Robert (2004). Candles for a Street Corner. A work of multimedia poetry.
  • Kendall, Robert (2002). Clues. A work of detective noir interactive poetry.
  • Kendall, Robert (2001). Faith. A work of kinetic concrete poetry.
  • Kendall, Robert (2000). A Study in Shades. A a two part poem about dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Kendall, Robert (1996). A Life Set for Two. Eastgate Systems, Inc. A work of poetry, written in Microsoft Visual BASIC by Kendall. All graphics created by Kendall, as well. In this book-length hypertext, Kendall experiments with the ability of hypertext to promote both interaction and autonomy. In the introduction, "Words and Mirrors: an introduction to A Life Set for Two," Kendall says the subject matter of any memoir is the working of one's thought processes. Whatever impulse sparks a recollection is likely to influence the focus and perspective of any image of past experience. The brain generates experience, filling in the details with imagination, extrapolating beyond the boundaries of any medium used to channel the memoir. Is there a way for literature to convey this image with its inherent variables intact?, he asks. Hypertext is inherently dynamic, like the subject matter. Can a hypertext poem replicate the dynamic nature of memory by allowing the reader to observe, perhaps even participate in the processes of recollection. A poet, says Kendall, hopes that readers will see something of themselves in the poetry, and perhaps even find insights to themselves.[8]
  • Kendall, Robert (1992). A Wandering City. Issue 33 of CSU poetry series. Cleveland State University Poetry Center. ISBN 0-914946-86-2.

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  1. ^ a b New, William H. (2002). Encyclopedia of literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press. p. 1092. ISBN 0-8020-0761-9.
  2. ^ "E-poets on the State of their Electronic Art: Robert Kendall". Currents in Electronic Literacy. 5. Fall 2001. Archived from the original on 2009-07-24.
  3. ^ Kac, Eduardo (2007). Media poetry: an international anthology. Intellect Books. p. 277. ISBN 1-84150-030-5.
  4. ^ David Jhave, Johnston; Ollivier Dyens (21 October 2008). "1990: Robert Kendall's It All Comes Down to _______". Digital Poetry Overview. Concordia University. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  5. ^ Landow, George P. (1997). Hypertext 2.0 (2 ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 217. ISBN 0-8018-5585-3.
  6. ^ "People – Electronic Literature Organization". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  7. ^ "Robert Kendall". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  8. ^ "Robert Kendall:Words and Mirrors". Retrieved 2017-10-20.

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