“We’re dependent on words.”
More riddles from Alistair Noon and Giles Goodland today, as climate talks meet policy farce in our Play-Poem
of Surveyors’ Riddles
, Verse XXIX.
Did you know that Doomdark the Witchking doesn’t actually appear in the 1985 game Doomdark’s Revenge
? He leaves the hard work to his sorceress daughter. So where is he, and what is he up to?
Kate Potts has the answer in today’s addition to the Play-Poem Archive
, and you might not like it. The Germans have Krampus the Christmas devil, and we, it seems, have Doomdark.
Head over to the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive
today for a walk on the wild side, as Samuel Prince
explores the ursine stars in Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man’.
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Today on the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive
, we’re releasing more birds! This time, it’s the turn of Alison Brackenbury
, with her resonant, fleeting tribute to the wintering fieldfare
Christmas is a time for following stars, and on the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive
today, we’re following Simon Barraclough
out into the reaches of space, with an excerpt from science-poetry collaboratorio, Laboratorio
Meanwhile, over in my commentary, I wax on about the loneliness of the vast great yonder, with bonus Kubrick.
Tongueless sailors ahoy! It’s Anthony Adler’s Pirates of the Caribbean Bestiary
! Plus a short commentary by myself.
The Christmas links are getting more apparent, as Pirates
is surely by now a staple seasonal movie on terrestrial TV!
What’s behind the window today? Ah. It’s the bones of a triceratops and … a turtle? Head over to the gradually growing Sidekick Play-Poem Archive
to play through (and experience commentary on) J.T. Welsch’s freshly unearthed ‘Triceratops Maximus’.
Day 3! Time to get out your exploring hat and go digging through the cultural sediments with Giles Goodland
and Alistair Noon
. Yes, today’s Sidekick Play Poem
comes from the Team-Up Surveyors Riddles
, and takes a dance with Dante.
On your way with you, and don’t forget to snag thread on wall before you venture in.
Day Two, and the next entry in the Sidekick Play Poem Archive
comes from cinematic bestiary Lives Beyond Us
, in the guise of Rebecca Wigmore
‘s ‘The Lion Handler’s Advice to a Young Melanie Griffith’
|Melanie and Neil at home|
This interactive poem includes a commentary from LBU
‘s poetry editor Kirsten Irving.
It’s time! No more lying around indolently, occasionally dispensing a beauteous volume or two – December means cranking out a new digital wonder every day for our increasingly merry audience and test subjects.
This year we’re introducing you to an experimental format: the play-poem. That’s to say, we’re launching the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive
, which we aim to build, little by little, into a dazzling library of online verseketeering!
The play-poem is an adaptation of your regular print poem with a mild twist: it unfolds a step at a time on the screen, rather than appearing all at once and intact. In this way, it has something in common with hearing a poem performed, as well as an obvious connection to interactive narratives.
In the lead-up to Christmas, we’ll be publishing one a day, adapting poems from our books and adding a short commentary. Today, to kick us off, we have the poem Hobby Falcon Theory (Falco subbuteo)
by James Midgley, taken from Birdbook: Farmland, Heathland, Mountain, Moorland
. Click away, if you will.