Interactive Poetry Generators

JanusNode – JanusNode, a ‘user-configurable dynamic textual projective surface’, is a powerful and versatile text generator for Windows and Mac. The program is easy to install and even easier to use, though be sure to read the attendant documentation, including instructions for writing TextDNA, to unlock its full functionality. And be sure to give Chipstep Spacecore a spin!

Gnoetry – an innovative poetry generator for Linux by Jon Trowbridge and Eric Elshatain. Gnoetry uses various source texts and n-gram generation to produce user-configurable poetic mash-ups in a variety of styles. The installation instructions on this site are a little out-of-date. I intend to post updated instructions in the comments when I get round to it; in the meantime, if you’re having trouble installing it email me.

Interactive Poetry Generation Systems: An Illustrated Overview – The best directory on the web for interactive poetry generators is this one at netpoetic, compiled by edde addad. Other than the generators mentioned above, my favourites are Infinite Monkeys and Icon Poet.

Digital Poetry

Gnoetry Daily – This group blog is a forum for an active community of poets working with interactive poetry generators and one of the best resources for those interested in the field. Be sure to check out the Gnoetry Daily Vol. 1 pdf, in the ‘Chapbooks’ section.

Beard of Bees Press – Run by Eric Elshtain, Beard of Bees press publishes poetry chapbooks as pdfs for free download, many of which are composed using interactive poetry generators. I particularly recommend their most recent publication, ]] and other 9/11 works by Eric Godard-Scovel and Gnoetry.

The Policeman’s Beard is Half-Constructed – Published in 1985, The Policeman’s Beard is Half-Constructed is the ‘first book ever written by computer’, by the text generation system RACTER programmed by Bill Chamberlain. Follow the link for a full pdf version of the text.


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