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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.

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Published47 days ago
AuthorMatthew R.F. Balousek
Tagspoetry, zine


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