Well, I’m going to have to think about this later – my words are being erased.

Do people write poems to make sense out of strong emotions or as an attempt to order those emotional responses?

Well, I guess we all know that there could be millions of motivations for writing a poem but as an attempt at answering I’m going to say simplistically yes, people write poetry as an attempt to order ideas about life.

Do people write apps as an attempt to simplify the complexity of modern life or really to add another layer of complexity to life?

I’ve never really used an apps but I assume they are really meant to be time saving devices in what I view as a crazily complex myriad of options.

Why do people use apps?

I’ll wager to save time, stay ‘connected’ with what’s going on in the world both socially on a personal level, in terms of news and events and in order to keep up with not only social gossip but the technological ‘options’ that are changing and developing constantly.

Is an app just an idea arranged into a specific order?


Is a poem just an idea arranged into a specific order?


What’s the difference between an app and a poem?

I see apps as having an inherently practical purpose: organising things, accessing information, shopping, keeping in touch etc whereas a poem more often than not has an inherently philosophical purpose. Poems are for presenting ideas, opinions and philosophies about life. They are for thinking about whereas an app facilitates less thinking.

Similarities are that apps can be for organising or simplifying information, an app stems from an idea, identifies the smaller steps in realizing that idea and then presents it to a public – as does a poem.

If literature is born out of the desire to establish some kind of order out of the chaos of life then can an app be a type of literature?

This question I might have to think about later it implies many other questions that I may never have time to attempt to answer.

– and here’s where she gets distracted by the idea of writing a conceit (link to wikipedia) poem contrasting nature and technology.


the ocean is a screen

below the surface

a network of life


the 13 year old

on Upworthy

has a multi-million dollar



he goes skiing

to ‘log out’

of reality


i’m on the circuit


to the waterfall

a cave


on the diagram


a tui appears

glowing in the sun

sleek, laser bright


the kids are elves

in the Lord of the Rings

I’m focussing on breathing

like a goldfish emitting




the trees

twining cables

of twigs


the birds

deliver data

through ether over



the wind


the rustle

of leaves


and the clouds



with the threat

of a torrent.

– all written while using  write or die … why?


About duendest (Tina Cartwright)

Tina Cartwright grew up on the East Coast in the South of New Zealand. She lives and works in Melbourne. Her children’s picture book, Kiwi and Scorpion, was published with Penguin NZ in 2008. She edited and translated Taking Latin America Home – a self-published anthology influenced by Latin America which raised funds for the Sweet Water Fund in Nicaragua.

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