May 28, 2021

It has been nearly ten years since we mentioned Sea and Spar Between, the poetry generator created by Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland, which uses words from Emily Dickinson’s poems and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The information on the how to read page is very instructive.

There’s technology and mathematics involved here, and if you’re interested in the intersection of poetry and math, definitely have a look at Kaz Maślanka’s site, Mathematical Poetry (use the sidebar to navigate). You might also check out Maślanka’s home page, which is loaded with intriguing maps of that intersection. For example, Verbogeometry: The confluence of words and analytic geometry.

There’s more than one way to make a poem!

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image by Kazmier Maślanka

where you find it

December 10, 2019

Rich Maschner, a fellow participant in the August Poetry Postcard Fest, posted this wonderful found-cork poem on Facebook, reminding us that it has been a while since we posted about found poetry.

Much missed since it ceased publication in 2016, The Found Poetry Review is still available online. If you’re new to found poetry or looking for ways to spark your next project, have a look at the Resources pages.

UNLOST is a journal of found poetry and art.

Air Salt: A Trauma Mémoire as a Result of the Fall (University of Calgary Press) is a new book by Ian Kinney that uses a variety of found materials to comprehend and recover from a seven-story fall.

See Double Press has published a number of exquisite books of erasure poetry by Mary Ruefle, Lia Purpura, and Lawrence Sutin.

digital found poem is a “random poetic text generator.”


(And by the way, it may only be December, but signups are open for the 2020 August Poetry Postcard Fest.)

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photo used with permission

So…along one of the many roads that lead to these posts, there was information about a new poetry walk (a recurring topic) in Newton, Massachusetts. (We posted about another poetry project in Newton five years ago and were glad to see they’re still at it.) The new project has the excellent name Make Poetry Concrete. (Read more here and here.)

Thinking there might be a better photograph than the one from the City of Cambridge, we searched the term Make Poetry Concrete and were happily misdirected to a Concrete Poem Generator. (Poetry generators are another recurring topic.) Thus you have the silly poem-ish pumpkin-shaped image above. So Happy Halloween!


June 23, 2018

It has been a while since we posted prompts, but this selection of 82 Writing Experiments by Bernadette Mayer, found on Language is a Virus, seemed just too good to pass up. While you’re there, check out the Text Manipulation and Text Generators links in the sidebars.

More on Bernadette Mayer here.

what wrote that poem?

February 8, 2015

Zackary Scholl

Zackary Scholl, a PhD candidate in computational biology, has “developed another kind of artificial intelligence. This AI can create poetry indistinguishable from real poets.” The results are quite remarkable and Scholl has put his poems to what he calls “the Turing Test”: can they get published in literary journals?

Visit his blog, Raspberry PI AI, to read the story. You’ll find poems (including links to some of Scholl’s early submissions) and even a one-click poem generator!
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special thanks to Margaret Bikman for the heads-up on this news!

in case you missed it…

December 8, 2011

Sea and Spar Between

The result of year’s collaboration, Sea and Spar Between is a poetry generator created by Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland using Emily Dickinson’s poems and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

Sitting right at the intersection of poetry, mathematics and technology, the piece was published in the Winter 2010 issue of Dear Navigator. A statement by Nick Montfort is here; more about Stephanie Strickland is here; instructions on how to read Sea and Spar Between are here; and the piece itself is here.

Have fun!

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