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August 31, 2011
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we
rejected endless time and
what procession
what line
produces the circle

it produces endless meanings
which produce their own meaninglessness

hearts in their extreme nextness
myths of exorcism
we are voiceless
devouring time

all but you fall in waters
pray fear while
mountain gods
eat allegories and feed
us transformations
echoing light
penitentiary parts under
anti-fictions prepare us for forever
forgetting
the will into sheep under
the shade and fall of
light

!(***/\***)! !(***/\***)! !(***/\***)! !(***/\***)! !(***/\***)! !(***/\***)! !(***/\***)!

On this one I threw one of “The Book of the Damned Poems” the Superposition Principle into Infinite Monkeys to test out its new Word Gram line generator. It worked well for this poem, which I randomly selected after the first poem really didn’t work well at all, and produced a lot of unpleasantly repetitive garble. I have to tinker with the Word Gram code a little more, fiddle a bit with its innards. Here is a meditative song to listen to, to enhance your experience of this poem:

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 6:02 pm

    I saw the post on Base Infinity, I look forward to trying out.

    produced a lot of unpleasantly repetitive garble

    I think I know what you’re talking about… and sometimes the garble can be interesting in its own right.

    Sometimes ePoGeeS spits out repetitive words unexpectedly, and sometimes it gets stuck: once it was on the word nightmare, which was fun. In cases like that, the garble is describing the “shape” of a language model (i.e. bigram representation of a text)

    In other cases, the garble is describing choices we make as programmers, such as how to handle cases when you don’t have a “next word” or run into the end of the corpus. This is especially obvious on very small corpora. Ex; pain of manhood, which used charNG on a single sentence, exposed repetitive behavior that I hadn’t expected, due to the way the code handles end-of-sentence selections.

    This is a different kind of poetry… less lyric, obviously; more related to DJ “scratching” or electric guitar feedback maybe. Personally I think it’s fun to see how algorithms, programming decisions, and text interact in unexpected ways.

  2. August 31, 2011 8:06 pm

    I totally forgot I posted this poem on Base Infinity. :(

    I meant to post the other poem.

    I like how the poem you linked to moves from a state of some lucidity toward a completely meaningless empty signifier. In that case the garble is actually working toward a meaning, in my case it wasn’t. Neat.

  3. August 31, 2011 9:39 pm

    I totally forgot I posted this poem on Base Infinity. :(

    Feel free to cross-post all you want; I was referring to your post announcing Infinite Monkeys v1.50.

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