Lots of Bots!

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The Electronic Literature (e-lit) piece that I decided to look into was Bots and I must say, I had quite an experience. There are rare occasions in higher education where homework is fun and exciting. I spent hours exploring the different kind of Bots there were. At first, I thought I was going to simply jump around and pick one bot to talk about. However, I ended up taking a look at almost all of them until I came across Poem.Exe and then I fell in love with it. I scrolled on Poem.Exe Twitter page and I have not had inspiration like this in a long time. Liam Cooke from Dublin, Ireland is the author who describes this bot as, “a micropoetry bot, assembling haiku-like poems throughout the day and publishing them on Twitter and Tumblr.” The poems come from Raymond Queneau’s Cent mille milliards de poèmes (A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems) and then creates the different lines for the poem. At first, I was going to focus on Tiny Crosswords by Matthew Gallant because I was drawn to that bot as well. Then when I clicked on Poem.Exe, I knew I wanted to do that one.
The poems that were created from the bot had an angelic sound to them. More recently I have been into the art and study of poetry. Seeing a bot created poems so beautifully made me think that I can be a better writer if I get in touch with my creative mind. I could focus on so many of the poems that were generated but I will only focus on two poems. The first one is,
“first butterfly
siesta
go ahead, make love!
how delightful!”.

This was a recent poem that was generated and the reason why I was drawn to this was that of the subject matter. Intimacy is a difficult subject to discuss and write about. The poem is vulnerable, energetic and elegant. Everyone knows the saying “butterflies in your stomach” when you have romantic feelings for someone else. However, I have never seen this feeling described with one butterfly. Also, making love is described as something delightful. Today, we don’t hear it as sacred and beautiful. This poem was amazing to read.
The second poem that I loved was,
“A year older
scent of old books
before dawn”.

What I loved about this poem was that it made me feel nostalgic. Growing up, I moved a lot from house to house and from school to school, I would usually try and visit the places that I used to live in. So the first line talks about someone being a year older. The second line is about the scent of old books. As a kid, my mother would take me to the library and the scent of the books is something that I can still remember even today as an adult. The last line of the poem talks about the time of day, which is before dawn. Between the hours of one and five in the morning is my favorite time of night. I used to stay up to do homework, listen to music, write, watch movies, and then right before dawn, I would begin to feel tired. Before going to bed, I would watch the sky begin to brighten. This poem connected with me and I’m glad I was able to come across it.
Poem.Exe made me realized that e-lit can truly inspire someone and have the ability to connect globally. This was a different experience that students are not usually given when learning about literature and poetry. The poems did not have a structure because they were generated from a computer but that it was made the process of reading them fun.

Tiny Crossword by Matthew Gallant and Poem.Exe by Liam Cooke

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