Digital found poem is a random poetry generator that tosses tens of thousands of pieces of language into the air, then rearranges them programmatically into millions of combinations of syntactically varied and semantically believable poetic text.
For me, this app represents the joy of using a computer to play with language. In what other poetic form can you write a short string of words such as "the child i was" and then watch the words transform into endless variations such as:
the child i was is putting on makeup/the radical surgery/slowing the plain folk down
the child i was is human frailty/all torn up/in fairyland
the child i was is roaming the streets/with destinations unknown/cataloging the dreadful guilt
the child i was is reruns again/forced back across the border/in a bankrupt light
the child i was is a sin/watched by an unloved reality/that replays everything
For you (and for your students, if you teach) this app can be an endless source of poetic text that can be perused and perhaps used on days when there's nothing better to do. In this app, language itself tries its hand at writing poetry, and it's looking for eyes and minds that can find and bring meaning to the text it produces. Give it a try--I think you might enjoy it.
Digital found poem is an extremely simple, single-file text editor that won't add cookies, mess with your registry, or collect any personal information. If you download it and it's not to your liking, you can delete it with a single click.
Note Digital found poem is programmed for Windows PCs/tablets only and won't work on mobile phones. And it will only work on a Mac if the Mac can run Windows.