Presentation Title

A Damned Travel Through Hell

Location

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 7:00 PM

Department

Literature and Languages

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Thomas Burke, MFA

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This is a creative project which examines the horrific mystery behind a real cursed poem. One poem was all it took to create a dent in American history. When a cursed poem is produced in the 1600’s during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, the poem travels through events of American trauma, allowing the curse to affect people in different time periods. The story focuses on moments in American History, stemming from the Salem Witch Trials, advancing forward into the era of the Civil War, World War 2, and 9/11. This piece that blends fiction and nonfiction to convey the effects of the poem on infamous events in history until the present day in which the effects of technological advances are highlighted, revealing the significance of technology when the poem is brought from a piece of paper and onto the screen. The idea of creating this piece is based off a “cursed poem” that originated from a real Japanese poem called “Tomino’s Hell.” The poem has no effect when read in the mind, but results in life threatening consequences when spoken out loud. Not only does this piece incorporate a twisted poem, but a selected number of actual historical events are also added into the mix to demonstrate the evil that resides in the poem. The travel of the poem through time remains a mystery to lead into the haunting reality of life, and how we need to be aware and cautious of what we put out there because we do not know what will happen with that information, especially with technology constantly evolving. This story shows the damaging effects certain information can have on groups of people throughout time, and how hard it is to get rid of something that is circulating through chains of networks.

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A Damned Travel Through Hell

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

This is a creative project which examines the horrific mystery behind a real cursed poem. One poem was all it took to create a dent in American history. When a cursed poem is produced in the 1600’s during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, the poem travels through events of American trauma, allowing the curse to affect people in different time periods. The story focuses on moments in American History, stemming from the Salem Witch Trials, advancing forward into the era of the Civil War, World War 2, and 9/11. This piece that blends fiction and nonfiction to convey the effects of the poem on infamous events in history until the present day in which the effects of technological advances are highlighted, revealing the significance of technology when the poem is brought from a piece of paper and onto the screen. The idea of creating this piece is based off a “cursed poem” that originated from a real Japanese poem called “Tomino’s Hell.” The poem has no effect when read in the mind, but results in life threatening consequences when spoken out loud. Not only does this piece incorporate a twisted poem, but a selected number of actual historical events are also added into the mix to demonstrate the evil that resides in the poem. The travel of the poem through time remains a mystery to lead into the haunting reality of life, and how we need to be aware and cautious of what we put out there because we do not know what will happen with that information, especially with technology constantly evolving. This story shows the damaging effects certain information can have on groups of people throughout time, and how hard it is to get rid of something that is circulating through chains of networks.