Generate poetry and find unexpected meaning from Google poems…


Toph Church

Topher Tune’s Times,





Generate poetry and find unexpected meaning from Google poems, cut-ups and word changes using methods freely available over the internet. What song will you find? Will they ask you, when they hear the results, "Have you given up on words?" "No," you'll reply, "I'm only just beginning!"

1. The Method

Rather than write in all earnestness with its disadvantage of self-consciousness and difficulty, simply generate the text, using found, search or seed text.  The algorithms can be invented in the laboratory as an advance in machine cognition or not.  Simple Eliza, internet search, poem generating, randomising, encryption, translation and word substitution algorithms freely available over the internet can will serve, or combine them for even more powerful effect.

Other investigators will surely find a wealth of useful algorithms not considered here such as classic automatic writing, encryption, steganography and exquisite corpse.

1.1 Found, Search or Seed Text

Look for words that have meaning, or not, all around.  News and advertising are good sources, but anything that has words will do, and online is as easy a place as any to find words in manipulable form.  Either be deliberate in the choice, perhaps because of some interest, or some desire to write in a specific language, or be completely random, whether rigorously or casually so.

Any single words, phrases or paragraphs are sufficient to work with, as in many cases, the result will be completely different, that is, no recognizable words in the ouput poem relate to the input text.

1.2 Some example tools

Look for ways to publish the work, as there is potentially going to be a lot of it.  A blog will do, though a chapbook or other paper is the only way many will recognize the work.  Given internet access, an account with is, well, a good start.

Eliza software is synthetic dialog.  The idea is the computer is supposed to come up with an intelligent response or question to user interaction, and a good example is on (not jabberwocky).  Simple and advanced search is easy to accomplish on, and moving on to poem generator, use or one not tried lately, but recommended by another investigator, Boynton[1],   A good overview on the subject appears in Experiments,, and pointers to nearly all remaining subject tools appear here.  There are 72 of them.  A tool that should be on the page, but may not be, is an automation of Tristan Tzara, Poème Dadaïste,, and Free-form text permutations are also important.  See The “Experiments” investigator has also written definitively on flarf, which focuses on slightly improper language found all over the net and in particular, spam, essential for the proper spirit of this kind of enterprise, has a strange mix of text, links and pictures based on the content of three web pages entered in the form.  It is not investigated further here.  One major link is to, which happens to be mentioned in Bernstein Experiments above. This is essential for taking earnestly written text, such as an actual poem or something with explosive political content such as “torture” and rendering it to something that has the same ring and cadence, but is some way harmless or meaningless.

This is only an initial  survey of a vast resource of tools.  Once started, it is obviously difficult to stop.  So onward.

2. Some examples

This survey is short on the work of other poets such as Kervinen[2] and Magee[3].  More respectful writers of trends in poetry like this, and highly committed poets themselves, are Silliman[4], Huth[5] and Piombino[6].


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Makers no misspelled.
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Thefts prescriptive is angrier andrei on therewith warm.
Makeup no misusing.
Therefore gunderson arenas eventually.

Therapist preoccupation is angrily andes on theodore warily.
Themes guns arequipa eventful.
Makeup no misplaces.

Thereupon gunderson arequipa eve.
Makes no mistyping.
Theater prematurely is angering andalusia on thereto wardrobe.

Theoreticians gunpowder area evermore.
Thetis prevalently is anglicanizes andes on thermostats warrant.
Makeups no mismatching.

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2.2 Resignation

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Compiled 10/25/2004  3:58:11 AM GMT

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2.4 [Your permutation]


Name Gunther ist Andre na Mein
Gunther ist Andre Mein Name na
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     Gunther ist na Name Andre Mein
Andre Mein ist na Gunther Name
Name Mein na Andre Gunther ist

3. Conclusion

What is this waste of time?  Or give me more of this.  It’s up to the investigator. 

4. References

[1] Boynton, Miruner, "I rarely have a name y'know," "I rarest havana a namelessly y'knowledgeable,"
[2] Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, a poet, and perhaps investigator of these techniques, publishes extensively on with ample links to other resources.
[3] Michael Magee, My Angie Dickinson,
[4] Ron Silliman, Silliman’s Blog,

[5] Geof Huth, who is really interested in something else, dbqp: visualizing poetics,

[6] Nick Piombino, fait accompli,