Both poems below were created with the use of computer programs. Gaskins and Morris (poets?) did not directly create the poems; the poems were created by the software programs that Gaskins and Morris had written.

Robert Gaskin’s poem “HAIKU ARE LIKE TROLLIES”:

Wandering in mist

Reaching out to soft sunlight 

Blue-scaled dragons pause.

Moon low over sea

Glimpse of discarded cocoon 

Small fish swimming idly. 

Prehistoric Digital Poetry an Archaeology of Forms, by Chris T. Funkhouser, The University of Alabama Press, 2007, pp. 58–59.

John Morris’s poem “Haiku—At Random”:

Frogling, listen, waters 

Insatiable, listen,

The still, scarecrow dusk. 

Listen: I dreamed, was slain. 

Up, battles! Echo these dusk 

Battles! Glittering . 

Fleas spring far, scarecrow,

Oh scarecrow, scarecrow: well, far, 

Scarecrow, oh scarecrow. 

“Prehistoric Digital Poetry an Archaeology of Forms.” Prehistoric Digital Poetry an Archaeology of Forms, by Chris T. Funkhouser, The University of Alabama Press, 2007, pp. 58–59.

Some people view Gaskins and Morris as poets where others might view them as programmers due to their background and the way in which the poems are created. This RLE shows how a person’s background can easily influence how people react to the research, programming, and art.

A discussion of May 2020 Prescribed Title #3 and this RLE would need to discuss whether or not it matters if people take the research / programming / art of Gaskins and Morris seriously.


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