Computer Poetry Resources


In this article I will share some resources on computer poetry/computer assisted poetry/experimental poetry/digital poetry/art that I think are really interesting and innovative. Please keep in mind that this is just my sampling and not any exhaustive list. Please explore their work and the work of others in these areas. A good chunk of the poems that I've written (which can be found here) use "computer poetry" ideas and methods.

Virtual Muse: Experiments in Computer Poetry, by Charles Hartman. Check out Hartman's website at His Prose program is very interesting.

Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, by Nick Montfort. Check out Montfort's website at He also co-authored 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. His "The Truelist" and "Hard West Turn" are very interesting.

Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995, by Christopher Funkhouser. Check out Funkhouser's website at He also has a book called New Directions in Digital Poetry, which is on my "to read" list.

These resources have given me some good history and ideas, as well as tought me a little of how to think about certain aspects of poetry, art, culture, and technology. I personally found these works to connect what I do (mathematics and statistics/probability) to writing. They are definitely a rabbit hole or gateway drug into learning more about poetry.

I think also, while not a poetry book, if you enjoy the above you might also enjoy The Computer as Crucible: An Introduction to Experimental Mathematics, by Borwein and Devlin.

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