Matt is a poet and teacher living in Somerset. His first collection Boxing the Compass was published by Templar in 2013, and his work is widely published in UK journals. Go to Matt’s own website.
Matt Bryden, in co-operation with American artist and web-designer Jon Munson II, has published a pioneering online collection of poems.
Poetry Map is split into 4 ‘paths,’ each with an interactive, on-screen Google-based map showing the location of each poem’s setting or composition. These four sequences – Witness, A Discipline, Czech Film and Singles – range from a stationary carriage of the Amtrak to the arrowhead-rich soil of Blast Hill, Kintyre. Readers can navigate the paths, each grouped around a theme, by clicking below each poem. A Random option allows poems to be read out of sequence, jumping continent and context.
In addition, handwritten drafts, on-site audio recordings and even a transliteration into phonemic script (used for teaching pronunciation) provide further ‘information’ for the poems, accessible via ‘magic tickets.’
Poetry Map is an online-only experience, and hopes to combine technology with the process of engaging with poetry.
Matt’s map can be seen at www.mattbryden.co.uk/Matt_Bryden/PoetryMap