This generative poem is published as a blog posting and framed by the story of a young Scott Rettberg in graduate school, learning HTML and writing electronic literature at a time before his department had a website. Twenty years later, Rybak’s first attempt at writing e-literature is built upon Rettberg’s “Tokyo Garage” by changing the data set to evoke a cultural scene from the early 1990s.
This here is a re-remix (in a long line of remixes) of the generated nature poem Tokoro Gorge by Nick Montfort, as well as the urban, modern, and playful Tokyo Garage by Scott Rettberg. Nick Montfort wrote the code, which was remixed at the word level by Scott Rettberg, and I hacked Rettberg’s words to make the poem about something else, basically so I could learn something about electronic literature while experiencing it. Remixed May 15, 2012 by Chuck Rybak.
This generative poem creates a mashup of lyrics from two famous Pink Floyd albums: The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon. The poem is organized into tercets followed by a single line in which Waters or Gilmour “takes over,” signaling shifts in leading roles in the band, which has a history of turbulent power struggles. Each tercet is assembled from lines from each album, lending both coherence at the line level, and intriguing juxtapositions that reveal some of Pink Floyd’s poetics.
Based on Mark Z. Danielewsky’s House of Leaves, this generative poem imagines an endless hallway inside of a house, the novel’s macguffin. In the novel, as Navidson discovers that a hallway inside his new house is larger than the external dimensions of the house itself, and it is growing, he organizes an expedition into its depths, spending days exploring it without adequately mapping it. This “Taroko Gorge” remix was written by a student of Mark Sample’s “Post Print Fiction” course, and the mashup of the two works is an appropriate exploration of infinity, bound by human limits. As you enter the labyrinth that is this poem, think about how personified this hallway seems to be and what it means to explore the depths of its twisty little passages.