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Virtual Muse: Experiments in Computer Poetry Book

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Electronic
Poetry
Scholarly
TypeBook
TitleVirtual Muse: Experiments in Computer Poetry
AuthorCharles O Hartman
Date1996
PublisherUniversity Press of New England
PlaceHanover, NH
ISBN0819522384 9780819522382 0819522392 9780819522399
Library catalogueOpen WorldCat
Notes

pg. 31 'The reasons are clear from the history of modern Imagist poetry. As both poets and programmers have realized, for different reasons, the reader's mind works most actively on sparse materials. We draw the clearest constellations from the fewest stars. So the nonsense factor is low for a tiny collocation of words that can be imbued with imagistic significance. It's hard to put together two words that don't make sense to the willing reader. If the language goes on longer, we begin to expect more discursive sense, and we quickly grow suspicious of randomness.'

'Short sharp images stand alone better than bits of narrative or argument.'