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Digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self

Digital found poem is a downloadable random poetry generator that combines tens of thousands of pieces of language into an infinite variety of five-stanza poems you can use to create poems of your own.

For download info, see Download digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self

Important:  To run digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self, your computer must be able to run Windows. Digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self doesn’t work on cell phones. And it works on Mac and other operating system devices only if they can also run Windows.

Unlike most other online poetry generators, which avoid all the hard work of seeding the programs by simply grabbing language, unfiltered, from existing web sources, the words/phrases/clauses in digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self are added one by one by hand. It’s this herculean task of seeding the program with carefully chosen language and then the meticulous controlling of the flow of the language into meaningful stanzas that makes these randomly generated e-poems quite readable, especially when they’re read out loud so both eyes and ears can participate, and when they’re read continuously, screen after screen, as sort of an ongoing postmodern “Song of my (pathetic) self” experience. To get a sense of this experience, see 25 examples of digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self examples.

Note Digital found poem doesn’t use artificial intelligence (AI) to generate its poems. If you want to see poems generated by AI, link to the recently publicly released ChatGPT.

To use ChatGPT, you have to create a free account. Once you have an account and sign in, click Try CHATGPT and then use the chat window to ask the bot to create any poem you want. For example, you can ask it to “write a poem using the words ‘man, woman, and child,'” or ask it to “write an existential poem imitating Wallace Stevens in free verse,” or “write a sonnet à la Shakespeare about ‘beauty and happiness,'” or anything else. It’s fun to do, I admit, but I think you might just agree that, even though you can’t influence the kinds of poems digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self generates, its poems are a bit more poetic than the ones that ChatGPT generates. That may change, of course, over the years, as AI gets better and better every day.

Digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self is an extremely simple, single-file text editor (think Windows Notepad) 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 in one second with a single click.

To see what the user-interface of digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self looks like, what the generated poems look like, and the editing capabilities included, watch this 3-minute video.

Using digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self in the classroom

Note: Although digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self doesn’t contain “four-letter” words, it’s intended for a mature audience. Its dark and adult themes make it inappropriate for those too young for all that misery.

If you’re a poetry teacher and are looking for a way to spice up your poetry writing class or workshop, digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self may be of help. Let students play with the found poems, shaping and molding words and lines that they see poetic potential in and discarding the rest. (Think cut ups, erasure poems, blackout/redacted poems, found poems, and so on.)* For a beginning poet, a few minutes of tinkering with text provided may be a more enjoyable and productive way to start each writing day than to have to stare at that proverbial blank page and hope that, somehow, the words will come.

* For an interesting take on the value of cut ups, erasures, etc, see the @heteroglossia blog entry for February 17, 2019, which (in part) says:

Cut up, erasure, projectivist, free verse — many of these forms and schools, by taking verse, lines, conceits from past works, force us to see the intertextual nature that constitutes all writing. When, say, one “cuts,” rearranges, or erases a poem to bring to light another, possible poem, one illuminates the infinite possibility of language, the infinity of language. The poem lying in wait behind (or above, or to the left or right of) the poem.

Digital found poem Songs of my pathetic self is essentially just a gigantic “cut up.” But instead of cutting up a single existing work, it cuts up a huge chunk of the dictionary and of the spoken/written English language. It then rearranges the “cut up” pieces programmatically into an infinite variety of never-before-seen stanzaic text that students (or anyone else) can peruse to find/fashion new poems that may be “lying in wait behind (or above, or to the left or right of” the digitally generated text. And what they find or fashion, they may, of course, keep and call their own.

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