Digging Holes with Graham Allen

Several months ago I became involved in the creation of Holes, a digital poem written by Graham Allen, Professor of English at University College Cork and winner of the Listowel Single Poem Prize in 2010.

Holes presents a new approach to autobiographical writing. On a regular basis, the author updates the text with one ten syllable line per day, constructing a piece that is of considerable interest to both digital humanists and literary critics alike.

Holes by Graham Allen
Holes by Graham Allen

Holes began on December 23rd, 2006 and is now in its sixth year of composition. The author describes Holes as “a poetic vehicle for the exploration of chance, meaning, juxtaposition and language”, and that’s precisely what it is.

We are currently working on various articles that attempt to delineate Holes – these will be posted here in due course. In the meantime, please feel free to explore the work for yourselves at holesbygrahamallen.org.

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