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An Electronic Space for Poetry, Prose, and Poetics

Editors: Kenneth Sherwood and Loss Pequeño Glazier
ISSN#: 1070-0072

Local Effects: RIF/T 06.01 is the last issue of RIF/T.

Between 1993 and 1998, the editors had the stimulating and pleasurable experience of publishing six substantial issues of an online literary journal. The initial issue was distributed to subscribers via an email list in a text-only format and archived via Gopher; few people even knew that there was such a thing as the World Wide Web. Soon there were 1000 subscribers to the e-poetry listserv, a seemingly astonishing number in those days before the 'dot.coms'. Early contributors were often curious about the status of poems published on the internet: Were they protected by copyright? Who would read them? Would they vanish or remain permanently? The rapid development of the Web has rendered these questions into quaint reminiscences, but RIF/T holds a place as the groundbreaking venue for innovative or postmodern poetry on the internet. Hard as it is to believe, in the early 1990s RIF/T was the only literary project aiming to explore the creative possibilites of online textual art. Glazier and Sherwood put out the call for writers who were interested in making use of screen format, the vagaries of transmission, and ASCII fonts in their work rather than trying to render the new medium transparent. And the writers responded, in some cases forming relationships among themselves and with the editors that outlasted the project itself. Thanks to all the generous contributors, supporters, and readers of RIF/T. Readers interested in the latest developments in web-based literary art are directed toward the primary web resource: Glazier's Electronic Poetry Center. Correspondence regarding republication of pieces from RIF/T should be addressed to or --K.S.

Below are the full tables of contents for RIF/T © Versions: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, and 06; RIF/T Reviews, and RIF/T Chapbook Extensions. To locate a specific author's work, including electronic texts not published in Rif/t, consult the developing Author Library, and other resources available through the Electronic Poetry Center.


Review of Joan Retallack's Errata 5uite by Hank Lazer

Review of Nathaniel Mackey's recent work by Chris Funkhouser.

The Decline of the West?: Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre by Lois-Ann Yamanaka and The Stars Were Shining by John Ashbery reviewed by Susan Schultz.

Edgar Allen Poe Reviews Theory of Tables by Emmanuel Hocquard, translated by Michael Palmer.

Review of John Cage: Composed in America, edited by Marjorie Perloff and Charles Junkerman. Reviewed by Kenneth Goldsmith.

Brief, Sketchy Report on the Blaser Conference," by Kevin Killian.

Review of Poetry in Motion, a CD-Rom. Reviewed by Loss Pequeño Glazier.

Ken Sherwood
Last updated 9 November 1999

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