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] He later worked using Visual Basic.[5] He refers to his style of poems as "SoftPoems", in which words and phrases are animated to match movement with meaning.[1] He maintains the "Electronic literature directory", a list of over 2000 works of literature available online.[6]


  • Kendall, Robert (1996). A Life Set for Two. Eastgate Systems, Inc. 
  • Kendall, Robert (1992). A Wandering City. Issue 33 of CSU poetry series. Cleveland State University Poetry Center. ISBN 0-914946-86-2. 

See also[edit]

  • Chris Funkhouser


  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. 
  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. ^ Bachleitner, Norbert (2005). "The Virtual Muse: Forms and Theory of Digital Poetry". In Eva Müller-Zettelmann, Margarete Rubik. Theory into poetry: new approaches to the lyric. Volume 89 of Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft. Rodopi. p. 303. ISBN 90-420-1906-9. 

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