Machine Poetry

madness in her face and i
the world that i had seen
and when my soul shall be to see the night to be the same and
i am all the world and the day that is the same and a day i had been
a young little woman i am in a dream that you were in
a moment and my own heart in her face of a great world
and she said the little day is a man of a little
a little one of a day of my heart that has been in a dream

Not the greatest poetic achievement in world history, certainly. (The two final lines are definitely poor.) But the worst? Anywhere even remotely close to the worst?

The author: “Deep Gimble I is a proof-of-concept Recurrent Neural Net, minimally trained on public domain poetry and seeded with a single word.”

(Submissions from literary AIs accepted at the link.)

August 7, 2016admin 28 Comments »
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28 Responses to this entry

  • Dedicating Ruckus Says:


    Bad poetry by humans is bad. This is just meaningless, in the technical sense. I’m not sure it’s correct to call it poetry at all.


    admin Reply:

    It’s not far from Imitation Game competent. You’re confident that you could identify it as distinctly “meaningless” from among the submissions to a modern poetry competition?


    Dedicating Ruckus Reply:

    Sight mostly unseen of modern poetry competitions, I’d expect I could. Famous ‘bad poetry’ examples (e.g. McGonagall, or that guy Moldbug eviscerated in some post or other) are bad in an entirely distinct way.


    Zimriel Reply:

    Moldbug had a byline in late Roman artists – starting with Symmachus, the Late Roman “athenian” who “sucked balls“. Moldbug didn’t like Claudian much either. But he did seem to enjoy Ausonius – why, I don’t know.

    michael Reply:

    You know admin I actually really like you and i know i embarrass you with my lowbrow comments and i truly am sorry you dont have more traffic not like me and yeah youre really bright but seriously?
    You actually think you can ask if a poem written by a machine is a good poem? Ok heres the answer its not a poem there can not ever be a poem written by a machine it is impossible what it says has nothing to do with it art can not be machine made.


    Posted on August 7th, 2016 at 4:03 pm Reply | Quote
  • Jefferson Says:

    Considerably more insightful than the average comment to one of your posts, of late.


    a Reply:

    Don´t see you making any insightful comments. I see you complaining however.


    michael Reply:



    Jefferson Reply:

    Of course not. I come here because admin and many of the older commenters are generally more insightful than I am, and I like to learn. If I wanted to read the fevered projections of a pack of violent narcissists with aspirations of war and bloodshed, I would go to just about any random comment section on the Internet.


    michael Reply:

    Evolution is a struggle by any means necessary to survive to reproduce usually by killing or avoiding being killed
    Civilization is founded upon and maintained by violence and the threat of violence.Without violence nothing is accomplished.
    Capitalism is a battle for investment survival-Loeb
    Anyone that tells you Grasshopper to sit still is planning on eating you.
    If you meet the Buddha on the road Kill HIm


    a Reply:

    Jefferson, I don´t know about your business with michael, but you´re obviously acting out of the sentiment of annoyance here. Frankly, as they would say, ‘triggered.’

    Firstly, a recent post, in fact one from merely two days ago, by admin, spoke of a „gruesome picture”, of „one of the most destructive leaders in world history. If that sounds like an exaggeration, it’s only because her responsibility for dragging the European continent back into a new 1930s still awaits the unfolding of events. Even without complete relapse into a dark age of authoritarian anti-capitalism, the wave of rape, pillage, and terror she has unleashed …”

    Are you projecting the uncomfortable onto a few commentators here?

    >oh noes my safe space of repeating I.Q. reports isn´t safe any more

    Any way, I am an anarcho-capitalist mugged by history (& current times),

    You know what that means? It means I want peace and that people should be able to form their own states, and make business out of anything that doesn´t violate, as it were, the Non-Aggression Principle.

    But I get mugged & mugged (as if,) by the less intellectual.

    And what should I care what you want to read? Who are you anyway? Am I to service your needs? For what?


    Posted on August 7th, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    that is inspiring !!!

    madnes in her face
    the world I trace

    the same old world,
    soul tired to fight
    to see the difference
    between day and night

    in dreams of this little woman I only exist
    the whole world to face and try to persist

    day of hope for a little man, who is gone
    to be little woman dream
    when he is done


    Posted on August 7th, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    It’s like a high school literary magazine entry! But literature is a logical process based in existential experience; it should not be hard for a (mortal) machine to duplicate it.


    SVErshov Reply:

    first teach machine about evil, because ‘literature is a logical process based in existential experience’ of evil.


    Posted on August 7th, 2016 at 9:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • michael Says:

    ARE YOU ALL MAD OR 22? Machines can not make art


    Posted on August 7th, 2016 at 10:17 pm Reply | Quote
  • John Hannon Says:

    Should set it to work writing limericks ridiculing Merkel (it surely can’t do any worse than my recent attempt).


    Posted on August 8th, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply | Quote
  • execrablefrippery Says:

    Considering how few M.F.A. program graduates are Imitation Game competent, this is unequivocally impressive. Imagine a CAPTCHA that challenged commenters to identify the Prynne poem* from among 2-3 CuratedAI texts. Then imagine an algorithm that could do that correctly, say, 99 times out of 100. In that context (maybe in others), that algorithm would be more discriminating than most of us w/r/t what is art and what isn’t, what is meaningful and what meaningless, etc.

    *: As grasp
    Buy yet colouring traffic incidental locks but turning
    say off awry, quick relent, store. How brain up patter
    fond him to you sheer fathom, how. Entrain by per limit
    resume and plan, fetch too, all incriminate allowed on.


    Sinistro stradale, morte, spatium vivendi Reply:

    > [Cryptogen] A machine will tell us more accurately what is art & poems!

    Meaning isn´t something inherent, dimwit. It´s applied.


    realmcraft Reply:

    Unless you got to the root of meaning. Then it´s a means.
    A machine can never be smarter than its creator.
    But it can be smarter than most humans.

    For the common human the mechanisms that control its thought through media & intelligence illusionism are created by smarter people who do tell, is it were, more accurately what is art & poems!

    Status mechanicus.


    rocraft Reply:


    execrablefrippery Reply:

    If meaning isn’t inherent, then it’s up for grabs. Why wouldn’t an algorithm eventually be able to apply the meanings “art” & “poem” more consistently, and so more authoritatively, than human professors of the same? Especially w/r/t the avant-garde of those fields, since all they do is create procedures for making art. Literary criticism (for the most part) = pattern recognition + Brahmin ideological coordinates. The goal is to uninstall the cathedral, not to further insulate “muh poetry” from reality.


    (N) G. Eiríksson Reply:

    Meaning is both subjective and objective.

    What is the meaning of life? From which perspective? From the perspective of life it seems its meaning is to be, or sustain itself. Can I have the perspective of life? Well I am life. A life-form is life. Am I the whole of life? If I take the ‘no boundaries’ perspective.

    But I digress, probably.

    Ultimately, everything has meaning as ‘meaning’ means ‘to deliver something.’ What´s the meaning of the TV? To deliver images & sound. Of an episode? To deliver images and sound, but typically with a narrative (meaning, i.e. some drama, message).

    But it´s like, you see a leaf, on the street. And it´s meaningless to the next guy, so far as he doesn´t realize no meaning. But because you have a wholistic way of viewing things, and are a learned man (even a brahmin, perhaps) it´s loaded with meaning. You can travel through worlds just by looking at a leaf. You will at least know that leaf is a part of the tree´s lifecycle. So it´s meaning is a step in the cycle of life. You might have studied science, and know that the chemicals in this type of leaf can aid a healing process if you have bronchitis. Meanwhile Joe Sixpack is reading the newspaper, is he reading the sports page or a story on a new drug from synthesized from a leaf on a common tree, against bronchitis.

    The root of meaning is a means.

    Yes, machines can learn to divine this. Because they´re programmed by people.

    My statement of “Meaning isn´t something inherent” was a defense mechanism against one type of Joe Sixpack who´d say “you´re reading symbols from the clouds, it´s meaningless!” “Stop staring at the leafs, kid.”

    (N) G. Eiríksson Reply:

    Actually the machine never divines shit as it doesn´t have a subject, it just moves digital or mechanical pieces around with the meaning of operating instructions, but what it presents can be divined by a subject.

    If you´re hardcore you don´t need to use any special devices and you´ll be able to divine from anything. Be it the Rg Veda or Britney Spears.

    It all delivers. Cover the extremes and you cover the means.

    “The fools scorn Me when I take on human form; My meaning, supreme source of beings, escapes them.” –Bhagavad Gita, IX, verse ii.

    Posted on August 8th, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply | Quote
  • TheInternetIsGod Says:

    If we built a conscious AI, it would think it’s a human person in a world…


    Posted on August 9th, 2016 at 7:51 pm Reply | Quote
  • TheInternetIsGod Says:

    Then there was this:


    Posted on August 9th, 2016 at 7:55 pm Reply | Quote
  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    It is well known that one cannot unintentionally produce the worst poetry possible. Truly wretched verse requires malice and forethought – two things which, even if designed in part with them, a machine is incapable of. Its innocence, ruined!


    Posted on August 10th, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply | Quote
  • rocraft Says:

    Speaking of aesthetics. I got hooked on the Xenosystems esthetic. I was literally browsing it specifically also (not only, not only) because of its darkness.


    Now even Xenosystems looks darker, and brighter….

    Similar shit avaialble for Chrome, I´m told.


    Posted on August 11th, 2016 at 1:47 am Reply | Quote
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    Posted on August 20th, 2016 at 4:03 pm Reply | Quote

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