Spiral Orb is “an experiment in juxtaposition, interrelationships, and intertextuality — a cross-pollination.” On the home page, readers will find an “opening poem” composed of “fragments from each of the pieces in Spiral Orb One. Standing also as the table of contents, each line is embedded with a hyperlink to its original poem. Once at each poem, you will find links to the other poems in Spiral Orb One. Anticipate the poems making contact with one another in an odd and perfect manner.”
In reading through some of the poems/links, I’m not sure what that odd and perfect manner is, and, in fact, after the first couple of clicks, I stopped trying to figure it out and simply enjoyed reading through wherever it was the clicks took me. I’m more prone to liking the “random” nature of the perusal, a sort of hypertextual romp through a field of poetry (somewhat akin to Poetry’s iPod poetry app, sans the emotional labeling). For those of us who look for a bit of controlled random in our days, this is one easy way to let your hair down and wander aimlessly without ever leaving your seat.
The first issue of Spiral Orb includes works by by Amanda Bailey, Lisa Bowden, Melissa Buckheit, Simmons B. Buntin, CA Conrad, Mary Christine Delea, William Doreski, Jacqueline Gens, Patrick Jones, Dorothee Lang, Tim Peterson (Trace), Michael Rerick, Heidi Lynn Staples, Abby Sugar, Erec Toso, and Donny Wankan.
Spiral Orb is open for submissions for Issue Two until September 1, 2010.