Jan 28, 2008
You have to admire Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan. You might not like his poetry, but he at least deserves attention for having the stones to invent a phrase as utterly preposterous as 'emoto-versatronic expressionist pieces'. 'Videogame poetry' does the job just as well, we thought.
Barkan's writings in his self-published book, Blue Wizard Is About To Die!: Prose, Poems, and Emoto-Versatronic Expressionist Pieces About Video Games, can't match the balls-out wordsmithery he illustrates in that mind-blowing subtitle, but it raised our interest enough to explore the world of game-focused poems.
And, while we discovered a rich vein of pre-school quality dirge, the breadth of poetry that's out there on the interweb surprised us. So, come with us on a journey into the culture-referencing world of Pac-Man, beat poets waxing lyrical about ostrich action, and the crushing pressure of extreme Tetris addicition...