Article: Versus Mode: What can poetry do for video games?

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Nonetheless, Stone interjects, one of Coin Opera’s founding convictions is that video games are now familiar and accepted, that their trappings and terminologies can be drawn upon by writers as confidently as the once-arcane language of cinema. “As a medium, gaming has been around long enough now to have its own culture, and language and world and internal logic that’s accepted but is really hard to explain to people who are outside it. It’s a rich metaphorical landscape for poems – once you have an established set of worlds, and established tropes, it becomes fodder for talking about the human condition, finding ways to express yourself or start conversations.”

Poetry and video games. I had never, EVER thought of them in the same sentence (except maybe “I should stop playing this video game so I can write some poetry”), but the editors of Coin Opera clearly think differently. In the…

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