Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

A House of Dust

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on February 15, 2010

A House of Dust, a poetry project created by Alison Knowles and James Tenney
in 1967, an early example of a computer generated poem,
creating stanzas by working through iterations of lines with
changing words from a finite vocabulary list.

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  1. Stephen McLaughlin said, on February 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    This is far from being the first computer-generated poem — that distinction would go to one of a number of works from the early 1950s. The topic is discussed at length in Chris Funkhouser’s book ‘Prehistoric Digital Poetry.’


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