“Frequency [Terza Rima and Sonnets]” by Scott Rettberg and the Machine (part 3 of 5)

This is part 3 of a series of 5 postings on poems generated by the “Frequency” program. For an overview of the series, visit the first entry. The terza rima and sonnets generated by the “Frequency” program have two main challenges: coherence over a greater number of lines and the rhetorical expectations that come with … Read more

“Visual Sonnet #1” by Braxton Soderman

This generative sonnet is inspired by Raymond Queneau’s Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes but takes a highly visual approach by using images of poets, book spines, and other images. The images are cropped into strips, much like the line-pages in Queneau’s book, an ideal proportion for book spines (see a similar treatment by Jody Zellen) … Read more

“Spine Sonnet” by Jody Zellen

This conceptual generative poem draws lines randomly from a set of 2500 images of book spines, all in the areas of art, theory, and architecture. The result is a stack of 14 books with titles that can be read as lines in a sonnet. The image above is from the Web version, which contains much … Read more

“Electrónicolírica” by Herberto Helder and PO.EX Combinatorics

Note from the Publisher: Herberto Helder passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015. To honor his poetic legacy, we wish to celebrate one of his works with this entry by Álvaro Seiça. Herberto Helder is one of the most consistent and innovative Portuguese poets of the second half of the 20th century. Even if his … Read more

Index: A to Z by Title

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z (Articles used in alphabetical listing) # “3 Proposals for Bottle Imps” by William Poundstone “4 Square” by Jody Zellen “5 Haitis” by Simon Kerr “6-string Aria” by Bill Marsh … Read more

The “Frequency” Series

In 2008, Scott Rettberg undertook an ambitious constraint-based writing and poetic generation project based on the 200 most frequently used words in the English language. The result is a database of poetic lines written by Rettberg, a poetry generator, and a website that randomly cycles through a published sample of the generator’s output in a … Read more

Avenues of Access exhibition at MLA 2013

“Avenues of Access” aims to show that because of its close connection to digital technologies, electronic literature, an art form, is both vibrant and evolving. -Dene Grigar, co-curator Reading spaces increasingly compel my attention as I think through what I find most novel and exciting about e-lit being made right now. Code works and locative … Read more

ELO 2012 Media Art Show

One answer that ties into the theme of the ELO 2012 conference is that such access and proximity to artists and their work raise my awareness of the affordances and constraints bound up in the technologies we use to produce our work… -Dene Grigar, “Curatorial Statement“ The 2012 Media Art Show took place with the Electronic Literature Organization’s … Read more

“Arachne” by Helen Sword

Helen Sword’s 2009 web sonnet, “Arachne” is an homage to the mythological encounter of Athena and Arachne. The contrasting stances of human and mortal are set against visuals of green leaves and spiders, with language forming the webbed pattern between them. The poem advances as the reader clicks on the spiders, the heart of the … Read more

Genre: Bot

The bot is an e-lit genre that goes as far back as 1966 with Joseph Weizenbaum’s ELIZA, a chatterbot that engaged users in conversation through text entered and displayed in a computer terminal. This concept informed interactive fiction from the 1980s and has breathed life into video game characters ever since. Poetically, bots are also … Read more