or, the whale (AHMW #2)
A downloadable zine
A twelve-page zine, collecting nine computational poems adapted from the first chapter of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. With each progressive poem the parameters of the algorithm are changed slightly, starting with a barely readable mash of characters and ending with something with diction which is recognizably Melville's own.
It's recommended that these poems be read out loud—or at least attempted to.
about the series
Markov chains are a swarm of mechanical wasps—text is their wood, which they chew and digest into a mushy pulp before reshaping it into new forms.
This zine is pay-what-you-want, with a minimum price of $1. If you pay $3 or more, send me an email with a shipping address and I'll send you the current version of the zine. If there are any updates to the zine, you can request a new version sent to you.
If you prefer, you can also print the zine for yourself. The print-ready version is set up for duplex printing on standard printer paper. Make sure the printer is set to flip the page along the short side. Fold the pages in half and bind them if possible with a stapler or needle-and-thread, and you're ready to go.
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