I was contacted by Graham Snow (a self described information shepherd) who asked if he could pinch two of my poems for a project. Graham impressively wrote an algorithm that used two of my poems 'Where Does The Bus Go When It Doesn't Arrive On Time?' and 'Ink Covered Handshake', along with two Thomas Hardy poems, and data from Plymouth's 2017 events list and plaque trail to generate new poetry. Propped up with a bank of 200 adjectives, the program generated new poetry and then tweeted it on its very own social media soapbox. I wasn't present at the event but from the photos and tracking the feed I can say I am very impressed! Perhaps also slightly worried that Skynet is going to begin by infiltrating the arts and then working its way up to the nuclear codes.
Check out the feed... https://twitter.com/auto_bard
Follow Graham... https://twitter.com/_infosnow
So, from little birds and spins of rumour mills, I assumed this festival would be my first write. It was not. However I had already written a poem and the wonderful people at Plymouth Culture want me to perform it anyway! I will be reading my unofficial official first commission at 5.45pm during the event. Come and see me regale cold fingers and lit up wide eyed Plymouthians at the Mayflower Steps.
BYOTOP - (Bring Your Own Tin Of Peas) #dontforgetthepeas
*seriously, bring a tin of peas