gnoetry…i think i’m in love

In my schedule of postings for National Poetry Month, today is supposed to be the day that I post a poem of my own. I had planned to move my “original work” day to tomorrow, and replace today with another poem by one of my favorites. Between prepping for my class and the general busy-ness of life, I just haven’t had time to put together another original post. Then I got on Google+ this morning, and was mentioned in a post by +Matthew Lafferty…and in this post, he referenced gnoetry, linking to the blog Gnoetry Daily. I went and began to read, and immediately was intrigued by the idea of gnoetry. Basically, gnoetry puts humans and their computers side by side in the creation/generation of new works of poetry. Technically, one particular program was named “gnoetry,” and now there are many different programs that do this same sort of thing in various ways – but for many people, gnoetry has stuck as the term for human-computer poetry generation.

I thought this idea sounded great, so I decided to check it out for myself. I very much enjoyed playing around with this new writing technology (new for me, at least), and I look forward to continuing to explore it in the future. Below is one of the pieces on which I collaborated with my desktop today!

modern medicine
modern medicine to reckon corrupt time with
the eye parts heaven parts are delayed devise
my releasing from him and with my miles
time her death in their dwell virtue by the poor

The setting above is the poem in it’s raw form, which is the form many people choose to leave the poem in. I thought it would be interesting to add some punctuation…

modern medicine
modern medicine, to reckon corrupt time with
the eye, parts heaven, parts are delayed, devise
my releasing from him, and with my miles
time her death, in their dwell virtue by the poor

And after looking at the poem punctuated, I also thought I’d like to see the poem with some line breaks…

modern medicine
modern medicine,
to reckon corrupt time with the eye –
parts heaven, parts are delayed,
devise my releasing from him –
and with my miles
time her death –
in their dwell –
virtue by the poor

As I said, I very much enjoyed this process, and I will be repeating it in the future. I think this first time experiment turned out pretty well.

Teaching update: Last night marked my first time teaching at the university level. I am teaching one section of World Religions this quarter, and have also been approved to teach in the Humanities department in the future, if I so desire. My first class went quite well. The students, for the most part, seemed genuinely interested in the subject. I think we could have some great conversations…discussing belief systems has always been something fascinating to me, and I hope to share this with the students. If every class goes as smoothly as last night’s, then I’m truly going to love teaching at the university!

Camp NaNoWriMo update: What can I really say…Camp is a complete bust thusfar.

Matthew Jackson

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