Hello my merry minions!
I would like to write some software that writes some poems, sort of like this guy did
. Could you point me to some examples of existing procedural poetry generators so that I can build off of them? Bonus points if there's source code or a description of the techniques they used. Thanks so much!
posted by zscore
on Apr 7, 2014 -
I am struggling to understand a line from Robert Browning's poem, The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's
. The fourth line reads "She, men would have to be your mother once." This does not make sense to me grammatically. I did find this reference
to the same problem, which recommends replacing "she" with "her", which still doesn't sound correct to me. It indicates that the line is a case of bad grammar from a dying man.
Please help me understand what is being said here. TIA
posted by michellenoel
on Mar 12, 2014 -
Ideas needed for a low-key sneak attack expression of "I'm glad you're in my life and I adore you, even if this holiday is for the birds (according to you)"?
I expect no reciprocation (really) other than verbal acknowledgment + kisses. This relationship is good--fabulous, really--but scheduling/logistics and his stubbornness against "Hallmark holidays" mean that Valentine's will likely pass unmentioned. And yet...I love any excuse to do something special with/for him, so I'd like to leave something sweet on his doorstep. [more inside]
posted by magdalemon
on Feb 5, 2014 -
I may or may not have to present during the wedding ceremony and the following dance and performance numbers, but I'd at least like to have a great poem to present as a framed gift with some photos. [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Oct 27, 2013 -
Is there a recording online or perhaps on CD of Ticonderoga
, Robert Louis Stevenson's ballad about a curse on a Scottish highlander that is realized years later during a battle of the French and Indian War? [more inside]
posted by Francolin
on Oct 20, 2013 -
I woke up this morning thinking about a poem that I really liked in high school about a close friendship between two boys. I remember bits of it, but not enough for Google to help to identify the poem! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ocellar
on Oct 8, 2013 -
Looking for recommendations for a book of poetry collections for someone new to poetry. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum
on Aug 26, 2013 -
I remember reading or hearing a contemporary poem that had a line about looking over silver glittery fish at a market, and thinking that they were all identical. The poem was intellectual rather than emotional or visual. A comparison was made to how humans are individuals, but fish (and by extension, categorical things) are just examples of an idea. This was the kind of thing I might have come across through NPR or the New Yorker - not obscure or anything. [more inside]
posted by mdn
on Jul 24, 2013 -
Do you know of any stories or poems for young children (ages 3-10) that are about orchard fruits--or at least feature fruit or fruit trees prominently?
posted by shibori
on Jul 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America. It was on a mix tape I lost many years ago, and the particular moment that stands out is when he says "America I am the Scottsboro boys", someone in the (high as a kite and raucous) audience shouts out "you are
the Scottsboro boys!" Any pointers would be helpful, either to purchasable media or to online video.
posted by pmb
on Jun 15, 2013 -
My father used to quote a few lines from a poem that was about an older man (a king maybe?) sailing away for one final adventure. I thought I remembered a line about 'once more across the sundering seas', but when I search on that phrase all I find is stuff related to Tolkien. The poem would be the kind of thing a classically educated person would know, and I think it's pretty famous. Any of this ringing any bells for anyone?
posted by StephenF
on May 9, 2013 -
Can you name (and ideally link to) this poem by Auden - the only thing I remember is that the theme is that he is imagining a civilization (or a city?) built out of water [more inside]
posted by zresearch
on Apr 2, 2013 -
I need an editor (copy and content) for an edgy, non-traditional chapbook of poems. Word count is light -- around 4,000. Budget is nearly non-existent (this is an art project) but there would be some kind of honorarium attached. Can someone help me find a good, trusty editor?
posted by nowhere man
on Mar 3, 2013 -
In college, I read a really fabulously sexy, funny prose poem, that I think may have been called "This Condition". The first line may have even started "In this condition..." It was basically a collection of allusions and metaphors to sexual arousal that sort of built to a rhythmic climax at the end. I recall a reference to the shape of Florida.
Oh, poetry lovers of AskMe, can you help me hunt this poem down? I'm desperate to read it again.
posted by mostlymartha
on Feb 2, 2013 -
This is a short question, but the internet sucks at poetry books so I've had no luck finding out what I need to know through other channels. Where can I find Tim Seibles' poem "The Groom"? Of his books that actually have a table of contents available online, that poem doesn't appear in any of them, and of course I haven't been able to find it among the other set. Help please! I love that poem and I want to have it again.
posted by invitapriore
on Jan 16, 2013 -
I'm searching for a poem.
I can hardly remember any of it. It begins with digging at a foundation or excavating a basement, and it becomes a well written criticism of American culture/politics. Something about slaves or slavery is discovered from the digging.
posted by Atticus Swanson
on Jan 7, 2013 -
I'm trying to find a poem that contains the line "the iciest rainfalls sweeping down from the heavens." [more inside]
posted by initapplette
on Dec 10, 2012 -
HELP ME FIND THIS POET! someone was reading his or her book on the train this morning and i didn't get a chance to ask "Who is that author?"
although i did glimpse some verse, enough to know that i want to read more.
some of the lines i remember:
"in order to be structurally sound you must subject yourself to measurement"
"there are gods here that love us, and they want us to fuck, are you ready? have i earned another story?"
that second line is from a poem called "a guide for the world to begin."
i've been looking online but i can't find anything. i hope this looks familiar to someone. i also noticed that at the end of a book there was a note describing how the author was using ideas from the traditional tarot card deck as inspiration.
posted by zdravo
on Nov 16, 2012 -
What is the title/who is the author of this half-remembered poem about a mother/child relationship and peaches (I think)? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can
on Oct 4, 2012 -
Hermann Hesse apparently published a book called Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte
(Trees: Reflections and Poems) and I'm trying to find a version in English, because it sounds awesome. Look
. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt
on Sep 25, 2012 -
I am looking for literary works about mountains. I imagine they exist, because being in mountains and climbing them and seeing everything from up high is such a powerful experience. I know there are movies about this (for instance the silent ones by Arnold Franck
), and I suppose there must be an equivalent in writing. Ideally, they would be rather lyrical or poetic texts. Any ideas, hive-mind?
posted by MrMisterio
on Sep 14, 2012 -
When I was about 15 (circa 1994), I remember listening to some sort of radio program (on NPR or similar) wherein they played an extremely bizarre bit of surreal spoken-word verse by a very young Peter Gabriel. Or at least I *think* it was Peter Gabriel. In any case, I would love to hear it again and actually learn what album/collection it came from. Presuming I didn't imagine this weird thing involving a train and a golden rod... [more inside]
posted by aecorwin
on Jul 17, 2012 -
I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought
the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko
on Jul 14, 2012 -
Please help me find this poem about a car crash. I think it's from the New Yorker. Two drivers are in a car crash, and then they yell at each other until one of them says "wow, we were both scared," and then they feel better. Well, something like that. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Help me identify a poem? It was about a train ride, I think it described the view through the train window, and I think it was written in dactyls. (It had a rhythm to it that felt like a train ride.)
posted by Bufo_periglenes
on Apr 11, 2012 -
What are the best practices for entering ID3 tags when it comes to poetry/spoken word? [more inside]
posted by malocchio
on Apr 6, 2012 -
Poetry filter: Google can't help me as the poem plays on the Luke 11:11 "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?". Driving me mad not being able to find it, a a short 5-6 line poem, from an old UK anthology, Voices, which says broadly that in the future, we will all be equal and share, but still I will give stones to other children and keep bread for my own child. Not a translation and a modern non-rhyming poem.
posted by viggorlijah
on Feb 7, 2012 -
Should all the water "empty" out of the bottom of a stove top espresso maker? If so, what could I be doing wrong, because half of the water remains in my espresso maker? I put the pot on medium, I don't over stuff the maker with espresso, and I don't fill the water over the valve. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic
on Nov 9, 2011 -
Help, scientists! I'm looking for a cover image for my forthcoming book of poetry. I would like to use a visually striking image (photo, diagram, etc.) from a scientific publication. [more inside]
posted by sleevener
on Nov 3, 2011 -
What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
posted by siskin
on Oct 24, 2011 -
I'm looking for more poets like Frederick Seidel. I recently read Seidel's Arabia
in the previous issue of The Paris Review
and was drawn to his, what I would term "Lad Poetry" - with lad being the antonym of chick, as in chick lit. [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic
on Oct 10, 2011 -
If you write a poem about someone and want to publish it, is that person allowed to prevent you from doing so? [more inside]
posted by glassrose
on Sep 28, 2011 -
What recent poetry would you recommend? Who writes more clearly and appeals to the senses? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by maurreen
on Sep 24, 2011 -
I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
posted by Acheman
on Sep 19, 2011 -
My Master's exam is coming up in two weeks, and I can't concentrate enough on the poetry to read it, let alone remember it... help? [more inside]
posted by patheral
on Aug 27, 2011 -
What is the title, author, and complete text of a poem that starts with the phrase "October swings from moon to moon"? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic
on Jun 2, 2011 -
Trying to find a poem I read in the New Yorker 2-4 years ago -- using only one phrase and one image... help! [more inside]
posted by delight
on May 21, 2011 -
I am looking for a poem that I read in Time or Newsweek or some such magazine about ten years ago (probably longer). I am almost sure that the poet was Scandinavian and the poem was about the co-existence of good and bad things in the world. The poem illustrated this concept by talking about the existence of a tongue amongst sharp teeth and how a gentle heart is held by the rib cage. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by harigopal
on May 21, 2011 -
Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
posted by argonauta
on May 16, 2011 -