My first approach was to use the Dadaist poem generator with on of my own texts, in order to loosen myself and start experimenting. I chose “Sometimes I forget”, a poem I wrote last September, for this experiment. I edited output by creating paragraphs in an attempt to add some cadence and hint as to how I’d read it.
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My writing is often cathartic, taking elements that wander through my mind and exaggerating, deforming and mixing them with completely fictional fragments. As the words are selected by the algorithm, I tried to create a set of objects, descriptions and actions that go back and forth happiness and misery.
person = ['my', 'her', 'their', 'his', 'your', 'my', '...', 'excessive'] possession = ['feelings', 'memories', 'faces', 'cigars', 'coins', 'fears', 'crisis', 'smiles', 'arguments'] adjectives = ['awake', 'naked', 'insane', 'hidden', 'suppressed', 'intense', 'passionate', 'free', 'noble'] imperative = ['excuse', 'bury', 'incinerate', 'stamp', 'swim through', 'read', 'listen to', 'enter', 'face'] room = ['bed', 'table', 'chair', 'desk', 'floor', 'vase', 'pen', 'radio', 'VCR', 'pillow', 'clock', 'book', 'me'] interlude = ['rejection', 'acceptance', 'breaking down', 'enlightenment', 'destruction', 'wounded'] reflection = ['stay with', 'look at', 'sleep next to', 'hold', 'steal', 'break', "don't forget"] coda = ['leave', 'stay', 'dream', 'just die']
Then, the code is divided in five functions: one to generate the introductory line, another for the verses, the bridge and outro, which get a different assortment of words from one or more of the arrays (to merge arrays, simply use the
+ operator). Lastly, there’s a function to generate the poem itself. Each stanza has a random number of lines and follows a specific structure with variations on each part.
My coins are noble listen to my vase enlightenment hold the pillow dream ... cigars are insane swim through his bed rejection don't forget the table just die Their memories are suppressed bury your floor read... destruction steal the floor stay Their memories are passionate face your floor enter... enlightenment look at the VCR just die His arguments are intense listen to her desk wounded steal the VCR leave Your memories are naked stamp my radio incinerate... wounded of the feelings sleep next to the table dream My memories are passionate bury their book rejection hold the table dream