– Scriptpoemas (2008-), Antero de Alda –

These short and (apparently) ready-to-consume poems were created using Flash, Javascript and ActionScript and they often enact the activity or attribute described in their title. Each poem seems to convey the literal meaning of the words used to describe them: the poem in prison is presented behind bars, the spherical poem can be described as a round object. However, as soon as the poems are activated by the reader, new details begin to surface. (…) Nothing is what it seems and icons, concepts or famous photographs are defamiliarized and turned into traps designed to betray the reader’s senses. Verses, stanzas and verbal language are reshaped as, or intertwined with, icons, images, sounds and animations. These are not straightforward representations of objects, but particles of an ongoing reflection on language, literature and life.

in Electronic Literature Directory and

About the Author:

Antero de Alda held a degree in Fine Arts (University of Porto), and a master degree in Educative Technologies (University of Minho). When he was just 15 years old, he began creating his first visual poems which he later published in 1981. He was the author of memória de hibakusha e outros poemas (1986), O Século C.N.A. (1999), a reserva de Mallarmé (2013), EUROPA — fuck you! (2014), Mil vidas tem S. Gonçalo (photography, 2014), Retratos & transfigurações (photography, 2015) and oceanografias (2016). Since 1985, he had been collaborating with several newspapers, journals and anthologies, for instance, Poemografias (ed. Ulmeiro), Mappe Dell’Immaginario (ed. Il Campo, Itália), Postextual (Mexico), “DOC(K)S” (France), Antologia da Poesia Experimental Portuguesa (ed. Angelus Novus) and Grammavisual (Spain). He also developed an interest in photography and, since 2005, his photographs have been displayed in several countries, for instance, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, EUA, France, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico and Poland. His electronic poems (Scriptpoems is a case in point) were catalogued by the Center for Informatic Studies at the Fernando Pessoa University, Porto, and are part of the second generation of experimental Portuguese poetry (Arquivo Digital da PO.EX — He left us too soon, on the 11th May 2018.