Books July 9, 2012
AWESOME THING OF THE DAY: 60 Years In 60 Poems

Poetry isn't the most high-tech form of art. All you really need to create it is a pencil and a scrap of paper - or, if you're into freestyle, just a voice. But this interactive website, commissioned by publisher Faber and Faber and created with HTML5 technology, brings poetry into the twenty-first century while offering a trip back in time.

The site, which was created to celebrate the Queen's 60th Jubilee, features 60 new poems, each one written to represent a year from 1953 to 2012. Users start by selecting how they want to navigate - by year or by theme - and then start scrolling down. The poems appear as visual representations of their frequencies and decibel levels, created by designer Stefanie Posavec. Each piece has an audio recording (featuring voice work from one of four actors), and the option to read the text. Some years also include archival photography, footage and audio from the year in question.

If you have a little bit of time to get lost in words, pictures and sounds that blend the old with the new, this site's for you. Click on the image below to get started:


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