The Interactive Diagram Sentence: Hypertext as a Medium of Thought

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1996
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102-17
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30.2
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0022-2224
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Consideration of my work in poetry over more than twenty-five years begins with an analysis of the difficulties of juxtaposition for the poet. A diagram syntax notation provides a method for juxtapositions to be included in larger structures; the accessibility of structural elements in a diagram allows for such constructions as internal relationships and feedback loops. Juxtaposition itself, with no sacrifice of intelligibility, is achieved through an interactive device called a simultaneity. Finally the interactive diagram sentence is explored as a vehicle for hypertext as a medium of thought: this is a truly “native” mode of entirely non-linear thought.

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