#1 / by Matthew Haigh

Right. Bit of explanation.

I very much wanted to write a mini-series of video game poems and was inspired by the Sonic the Hedgehog games (bit of trivia - Sonic for the Mega Drive was the very first game I ever played).

In particular I was inspired by the Sonic.exe YouTube thing, which sees Sonic turning murderous. I just happened to be listening to a lot of modern-day Scott Walker at the time - anyone who's listened to his recent albums will be familiar with the extremely bleak world view, the sound of nightmares and human atrocities, of horror. This drip-fed its way into the poems I was writing.

I'd also recently had work published in Aquanauts, a book of visual poems from Sidekick Books, and I wanted to try my hand at some visual poems. It's been a good decade or so since I graduated with an arts degree, but I wanted to get back into it a bit and see what I could produce. So, if I can sum up this experiment, the aim is to produce visual poems that balance the cute pixel world of Sonic the Hedgehog with the brutal nightmare sound of Scott Walker's most recent work.

Here's the first image, some simple cut and paste to begin...

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