Analogue -v- DNA?

Tuesday 26 April 2011

StAnza Showcase, Friday 18 March 2011

Sunday’s Observer included poetry in the news section twice. An article about analogue versus digital  in the arts featured poet Claire Askew – who took part in one of this year’s StAnza showcase events – talking about her preference for typewriters in a laptop age. 

Elsewhere in Sunday's paper, we learn that a Canadian poet, Christian Bők, is translating a short verse into DNA, using a ‘chemical alphabet’. Most likely it was a happy coincidence that these polar extreme approaches to science and technology as tools for poetry featured in the same edition of a newspaper, though it would be nice to think that it was by design.