December 5, 2008

Des Imagistes, first Web edition

by Nick Montfort · , 10:22 am

The students in my Comparative Media Studies Workshop have just shared their Web edition of the first anthology of Imagist poetry, edited by Ezra Pound and published in 1914. Des Imagistes was not (as far as I could determine) previously available online, isn’t in print, and is not even very easily found in libraries. We don’t have a copy of it here at MIT, for instance.

The Web unit in our workshop is, I think, very necessary, but is probably the most 1.0 and boring of the things we do, which include writing creative programs in Processing and making music videos. At its best, though, it can be the opportunity to learn about general issues and methods in editorial and production as well as the specifics of Internet and Web technologies. I think this group certainly made the best of it.