CrossPurposes is a poem with two voices. But where Telecommunication
is a 'conversation' between two people, and deals with the break-down
of that conversation, this one is much more akin to a double monologue
in which the individuals describe the selfsame events from very
The voices are distinguished from one another in traditional ways
- tone, diction, vocabulary - as well as by the strong contrast
in the rectilinear visual presence of the poem. One voice exists
in the vertically-oriented text, while the other exists in the horizontally-oriented
text. Furthermore, the font for each is slightly different (two
sans serif fonts, Geometric and Arbitrary.) Each stanza in one voice
has a twin stanza in the other voice, both of them talking about
the same event or idea, but in very different ways. The difference
in perspectives is presented in the strong visual opposition between
the vertical and the horizontal.
FUSELab 98, web gallery for FUSE98 conference, San Francisco, CA,
Escapism, San Francisco, CA, June - December 1998.