Reiner Strasser and Alan Sondheim


A loop of audio, photographic image, and text, Dawn opens a place for the reader to "learn to listen," and to read. The short poem's range runs from personal thoughts (about a dying father) to bursts of religious and philosophical statement filtered through images of natural beauty and crackling sound.

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Author description: The poem combines aspects of love, death, and nature in one piece. Originally it consisted of three parts: text, photography, and sound. In the Flash version these parts are arranged in a loop completed by a minimalist interface (to pause).

Instructions: To hear the sound, turn on the computer's speakers or plug in headphones. The piece can be paused by moving the mouse over the pause symbol at the bottom.

Previous publication: Dawn was published by Strasser and Sondheim at http://nonfinito.de/dawn in September 2005.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.

This Flash work has been preserved with Ruffle by the Electronic Literature Lab in February 2021. When it launches, a play button may appear that you will need to click; after launching it, the work may take time to appear.