E-Lit Example for Exactitude: Faith

Faith –Robert Kendall
Faith is a kinetic poem that reveals itself in five successive states. Each new state is overlaid onto the previous one, incorporating the old text into the new. Each new state absorbs the previous one while at the same time engaging in an argument with it. The gradual textual unfolding is choreographed to music.

This work explores a poem that changes depending on the placement of the letters. It changes 5 times as more letters and words are added to the page. These words must be placed just so in order to tell the desired story. The author created the piece knowing precisely where words would appear, shift, and change in order to form the final poem. It follows Calvino’s “well-defined and well-calculated plan for the work in question.”