Where Poetry Chapbooks and Smartphones Meet


Tommy Pico is best known for his poetry and his work with the fantastic literary venture known as birdsong. Now, he’s making a move into technology with Absent Mindr, a hybrid of poetry chapbook and smartphone app, blending text and audio. The poems themselves are described on the project’s website as “articulating a terrain of contemporary American Indian queer identity that extends from Pico’s roots on the Viejas Indian Reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation, into the hipster haven of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and out into cyberspace.”

You can hear one poem below via Soundcloud; the app will be available on iOS on April 15th.

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