National Poetry Month 2015 – Day 3 – ‘her mortality purpose’

her mortality purposeJust as Thursday is ‘music video day’ for National Poetry Month 2015, I’ve made an even more intimidating decision for the Fridays of this month. I will be posting original poems every Friday of April 2015 in honor of #npm15.

I will begin today with a type of poem that allows me a little more distance from my reader – gnoetry. (Perhaps, later in the weeks, I’ll post something more vulnerable, if I can come up with the courage.)

The idea of human-computer poetry generation, sometimes called gnoetry, was introduced to me in the spring of 2013 via a blog I discovered through a Google+ posting. In essence, there are a group of people who have written computer programs that will generate poems. The human poet is able to modulate certain variables which will impact the way the poems are put together and displayed for the end user. People then deal with the “output” in many ways. Some leave it in its raw form. Others modify the words, from doing things very simply to making drastic changes that merely use the initial output as a sort of starting point for a poem.

I prefer to keep things on the simpler side. I think that we take words, and we give them meaning. With that as a starting point, I never remove, re-order, or add to, my initial generated poem. I keep the raw version, one version with only punctuation added, one version with only line breaks added, and a final with both line breaks and punctuation. Each of the 4 poems has something different, and equally important (I think), to say to the reader.

If you are interested in a few more words on gnoetry, I have another brief gnoetry post HERE.

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her mortality purpose

not being answered on look her mortality purpose
when five that flatter why that trifle
ere swear excuse i determination suspect which
with every workings region have mistress enrich

not being answered on look, her mortality purpose –
when five that flatter, why that trifle,
ere swear, excuse, i determination suspect – which
with every workings region have mistress, enrich

not being answered on look
her mortality purpose
when five that flatter
why that trifle
ere swear
excuse
i
determination suspect
which with every workings region
have mistress enrich

not being,
answered on look
– her mortality purpose –
when five
that flatter, why that trifle?
ere swear excuse i determination
suspect which
with every workings region
have mistress enrich

st. truant

More gnoetry, in four parts (if you’ve missed past posts about this, just fish around and find one – the first is here).

The poem in its original form:

st. truant
sometime annex new thy knowledge st. truant
which did her much lip then the difference laid
in the bright in thy sweet king shows excusing argument
my subject orient I fight my self

Punctuation only has been added:

st. truant
sometime, annex new thy knowledge, st. truant –
which did her much lip then the difference laid,
in the bright, in thy sweet; king shows excusing argument
my subject, orient, I fight my self.


Only line breaks in this version:

st. truant
sometime
annex new thy knowledge
st. truant
which did her much lip
then the difference laid
in the bright
in thy sweet
king shows excusing argument
my subject
orient
I fight my self


Final form:

st. truant
sometime – annex new thy knowledge,
st. truant
which did her much lip, then the difference laid,
in the bright,
in thy sweet,
king shows – excusing argument;
my subject, orient –
I fight my self.

Post by Matthew Jackson

and age shall twilight

twilightMore original gnoetry (see some earlier posts if you’re unsure what gnoety is all about) – I particularly like the way this one turned out.

and age shall twilight

The poem in its original form:
and age shall twilight with forsworn wrinkles prognosticate
presents so making main powerful time and i
the more inferior controlling will those public shame
alone praise what subscribes me accumulate and flame

The poem with only punctuation added:
and age shall twilight, with forsworn wrinkles, prognosticate –
presents so making main, powerful time and i
the more inferior, controlling – will those public shame
alone ,praise, what subscribes me? accumulate and flame

The poem with only line breaks added:
and age shall twilight
with forsworn wrinkles
prognosticate
presents so making main powerful
time and i
the more inferior
controlling
will those public shame
alone praise
what subscribes me
accumulate and flame

The poem in final form, with punctuation and line breaks:
and age shall twilight –
with forsworn wrinkles, prognosticate
presents so making/main
powerful time and I,
the more inferior, controlling –
will those public
shame
alone
praise what subscribes me –
accumulate and flame

Post by Matthew Jackson

wilt that beauty

wilt roseTrying to stay true to my determination to resume posting regularly on this blog, so here is a post for a second day in a row! Tomorrow, perhaps a sort of ‘update’ post about how things have been as of late.

Okay, so here is the poem for today. In case you missed my earlier post of gnoetry (http://wp.me/p2UYxL-6a), it’s a form of “human-computer generated poetry” that I’ve really been enjoying (when I actually have time to work on creative writing). I do have some things I’m working on without computer generated assistance, but I have no idea when those might make their way onto this blog. So, for now, here’s a poem from my computer collaboration. [more of these to come in the following weeks]

wilt that beauty

The poem in its raw, newly generated form:
with true increase and wilt that beauty to
of beauty now in numbers in rarities flatter into
black witness stand and pyramids spending faces but
the being and consent though friend to be what

The poem with some punctuation:
with true, increase and wilt that beauty – to –
of beauty now, in numbers, in rarities, flatter into
black witness stand- and pyramids, spending faces, but
the being and consent, though, friend to be, what?

The poem with only line breaks:
with true
increase and wilt that beauty
to of beauty
now
in numbers
in rarities
flatter into black witness
stand and pyramids spending faces
but
the being and consent
though friend
to be what

The final version, including both punctuation and line breaks:
with true,
increase and wilt that beauty
to,
of beauty now –
in numbers, in rarities,
flatter into ‘black witness stand’
and pyramids spending faces
but the being –
and consent,
though friend
to be what?

I think each of the versions of the poem brings something new to the table. I’m a little obsessed with language, and one aspect of this type of work is seeing how words can be combined in virtually any way, yet meaning can still be drawn out of them and presented for others to find meaning in them as well.

Post by Matthew Jackson

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