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With a structured focus on making word-based art easier to create, Poetics does the job well.

What's New

Hello from NYC. Poetics 1.1 is the app’s first update and features the following features and changes:

Redesigned for iOS7
+ An updated aesthetic…new icons, animations, logo and flow.

Share as a Postcard
+ Send poetics as printed postcards anywhere in the world.

Share on Tumblr
+ Hnng! Create meme kittens with your headcanon.

Bug Fixes
+ We came, we saw, we squashed.
+ The app launches much faster now.


The latest app news can be found on Twitter

App Description

Poetics is a visual poetry app that combines moveable text with photographic imagery.

Take a picture and write anything you feel, whether a poem, one word or a caption.  Or start with text and add an image later.

At the touch of a finger, words playfully collide and interact, giving a physical feeling and connection as you scale, rotate, lift and drop them.

Poetics is flexible and saves your work as you create, ready to be shared anytime via email, printed postcards, Instagram, Tumblr, and more.

"Poetics is a marvel" -iPhoneLife
"Best App Ever" -The Inside Source
"The 'app as art' movement is just beginning" -PandoDaily


+ Designed and optimized for iOS7
+ Always editable, saved compositions
+ Physics-based text interaction
+ Nuanced gestural control
+ Aviary image filters + processing
+ Send as a printed postcard anywhere in the world
+ Write in multiple languages
+ Speak your words into Poetics
+ Share on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook
+ Save to Camera Roll and Copy for SMS

Made in NYC, Poetics is part of an ongoing series of artwork started in 2007 by Seth Indigo Carnes. With installation and software development, the project explores the concept of an infinitely editable, object-oriented poetry. 

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App Screen Shots

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App Changes

February 10, 2014 Price Decrease: $1.99 -> FREE!
January 25, 2014 Price Decrease: $1.99 -> FREE!
January 25, 2014 New version 1.1
November 30, -0001 Initial Release