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[It is done by authority.] (Stein Poem)

December 13, 2011

Tue Dec 13 18:14:36 2011

This is done by authority.
In this posture, they take care to begin.
It is very hard to remember.
Sometimes there is nothing to begin.
The skin lets out the best way to be.
It is hot and engulfing.
It is absurd and departing.
This picture shows the description.
It is simpler and more comfortable.
And this is now more digestible.
It animates them to agree.
They take the form of lingering.
They are idle and able.
How much more is forgotten, and were they.
Now draw a picture of being.
A glass jar or bowl over them all.
This is the pleasure of society.
They eat and drink that occupation.

Woods Hutchinson, The Child’s Day
Gertrude Stein (Selections), GERTBOT Base Nature Texts
Sir Thomas More, Utopia

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 4:06 pm

    I thought it might be interesting to get your opinion on this: why do you think Stein’s work is so relevant to computer human poetry generation?

  2. eRoGK7 permalink*
    December 14, 2011 8:32 pm

    Good question. Maybe it is because of the unusual syntax/grammar already in a good deal of her work, or maybe it has to do with the declarative nature of much of her writing. She also tended to use very simple language much of the time: short words and words in a conversational diction. I know that I have been using it because I wanted to write very declarative poems built with brief, simply worded statements.

    When this kind of work is handled by computer programs like Gnoetry, etc., you end up with something very engaging to work with on the user side. Additionally, her writings have been very influential on myself and many other experimental writers, and I think any writer who experiments with computer programs that often produce output which is not exactly standard in terms of syntax and grammar comes to appreciate Stein’s style of writing.

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