Can Computers Write Poetry? And Is Computer Programming Poetry?

Michael Anthony Blackout Poetry, Writing Leave a Comment

I was recently watching this Ted Talk about this computer program that could write poetry. In the video, this computer programmer, Oscar Schwartz, programmed a computer to write poetry! (He also used other algorithms created by other people to obtain more samples of computer-generated poems.) After the computer wrote a few poems, Schwartz showed a few people the poems and …

Blackout Poetry: Combat Action Badge

Michael Anthony Best Of, Blackout Poetry, Blogishness, Blogishness, Politics / News, Politics / News, Uncategorized 4 Comments

This poem/post will probably be a little more controversial than most Blackout poetry posts. That’s because it involves Combat Action Badges, and the current debate regarding them, and when/how/if/under what circumstances they should be awarded. My position on this is somewhat unique, though I know I’m not alone… This article originally appeared in the Army Times and was over whether …

Blackout Poetry: Veteran Suicides

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In case you’re not familiar with Blackout Poetry, Blackout Poetry is the act of creating poems by blacking out words that appear in newspaper articles (or books, but typically newspaper articles). I was inspired to give it a shot after being introduced to it by Austin Kleon. I’ve got a six month subscription to The Army Times and I’ll be …