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On that enormous graphical hypertext, the Web, to point is to ride Aladdin's carpet, or to stride with seven-league boots. It's a strange way of traveling, outside of fairy tales. Time zones and geographies collapse; but oddly enough, people online feel both in touch and in control, for they move by their own choice in a field of many choices. Poetry and science share three aspects of hypertext: the conviction that any part can link to any other, and should; that it is appropriate to live in an environment that spans space and time; that it is desirable to be both closely in touch and in control.