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.