THE PERIODIC TABLE AS ASSEMBLED
BY DR. ZHIVAGO, OCULIST
{
I once heard a scientist who loves poetry say,
the language of science and the language
of poetry have in common that they are both
natural languages under stress. }
— JOAN RETALLACK
   You are entering a language laboratory — a hypertext poem organized according to the periodic table of elements. Click on an element symbol and you will be taken to a small room made from the language of that element. Every once in a while, fragments of Zhivago's testimony will appear at the bottom of the frame. After reading, you may choose to add the element into your "chemical" language equation. Choose as many elements as you like and then choose a process which will cause the elements to react in a variety of ways, making a new poem, a new compound.

   The poems are self-illustrated. A random word from each poem turns into a picture or a picture of the word itself. Zhivago's clock keeps time while the picture forms.







Poetry and concept: Jena Osman / Programming and design: Sean O'Donnell & David Ayre
Optimized for 1024x768 screen resolution, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5+ and Netscape Navigator 6+
Copyright © 2002, 2003 Jena Osman, All Rights Reserved.

This project supported in part by a grant from Temple University.