Post-Internet Poetry


The Internet is no longer a magical, shiny new gizmo, but just another tool in the artist’s box. For poets like Steve Zultanski and Vanessa Place, their poetry begins with the web, but that tangential relationship recedes away from the final form. The resulting poetry has exploited the web, but does not fetishize it. Kenneth Goldsmith explains over at the New Yorker:

Over the past few years, the art world has been throwing around the term “post-Internet” to describe the practices of artists who use the Web as the basis for their work but don’t make a big deal about it. For these artists, unlike those of previous generations, the Web is just another medium, like painting or sculpture. Their artworks move fluidly between spaces, appearing sometimes on a screen, other times in a gallery. A JPEG of a painting is often considered another version of a painting, and vice versa.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →