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Persimmons

  • Prize
    Winner in Other books / Books
  • University
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Designer
    Amy Fang
  • Credits
    Photo documentation by Dylan Han

Persimmons is an interactive book, translating poetry into art through linguistic analysis and code. Its inspiration is derived from the beauty of words and the structure of language systems. Words taken from a poem by Li-Young Lee, “Persimmons”, are analyzed linguistically through rita. JS and run through Processing, to generate patterns corresponding to the text's phonetic structure. The reader can interact with the poetry in book form, using pull tabs that morph the text into its coded patterns and manifest Lee’s words into a visual form.