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Apr 19 2013

Obligatory Last Minute National Poetry Month Post!

by Jimmy L

npm2013_logoSo tax day came and went and I hadn’t even given a thought to the fact that April (in addition to being National freakout about W2s Month) is also National Poetry Month. I’ve written more seriously about NPM before (here and here), but this year I wanted to loosen up a bit and share a few fun/funny experiments with you.

A coworker sent me a link to Times Haiku, a site which collects serendipitous poetry from The New York Times. As you may remember from gradeschool, the basic definition of a haiku is 5/7/5. Syllables, that is (though if you want to get all technical, the Japanese have other requirements, and the syllable count isn’t exactly accurate nor that important in modern day haikus). Anyway, the website finds sentences in The New York Times that conform to this 5/7/5 structure and posts them. Some are even surprisingly poetic:

Optimism fills
their lives, though there are degrees
of optimism.

If you’re interested in learning and reading more about haikus, check out this slim volume of traditional Japanese haikus: Cricket Songs. Here’s one I like from that book.

Broken and broken
again on the sea, the moon
so easily mends.
—Chosu

Speaking of serendipitous poems, Pentametron is a website that generates sonnets taken from random Twitter feeds. It uses a computer algorithm to find tweets that conform to the iambic pentameter line. Then it lines up 14 of these tweets in a row so that they rhyme. The result is often quite nonsensical, interesting, and every once in a while, even poetic. See for yourself:

Selena Gomez has a pretty face
Another day, Another paper chase!
Just seen the biggest fattest bumble bee ☺
Ya allah, ada ada aja si (˘̩̩̩⌣˘̩̩̩)

Did you appreciate yourself today?
replay replay replay replay replay
Pray always, lazy never ever do.. :P
Another day, another interview!

@Fly_kidd_11 kindly follow back
Another sleepless night! #Insomniac
I couldn’t even stand a while ago. “/
I’m not a very social person though.

Im salter then a Lays potato ship
I’m itching for another Cali trip…..

Hmm… not Shakespeare, but I guess it will do. If you’re in the mood for poetry in April, check out these poetry events at the library.

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