Blackout Poem: I Held The Book

Backout Poem: HP Lovecraft

This blackout poem was created as a morning assignment for the Daily Create. I don’t know much about HP Lovecraft (other than the name, and that his work was in the strange fantasy realm) but I found a collection of his poems (yep, strange stuff) and took a stanza into the Blackout Poem generator.

Peace (and the padding of unseen feet),

Daily Create: A Meander

Beatles Lyric, Illustrated

I submitted today’s DS106 Daily Create prompt (perusing Beatles lyrics via a Beatles ‘bot for art). It took me a bit to figure out which lyrics I wanted to use and then how to illustrate them. Given my blog’s title, this lyric seemed just right for me.

Peace (and song),

Poem: Summer Rains

This poem was written for the DS106 Daily Create, celebrating the birthday of poet Wendell Berry. The prompt was for a poem about nature.

Peace (and weather),

Daily Create: Playing With Corners and Folds

I’m not even sure what kept me working on this DS106 Daily Create prompt through the day yesterday but the prompt about paper folds first led to an image that I thought was interesting but not what I wanted (I used an online paper fold art generator off Github but it seemed more like some alien blob factory).

Folded Blobs

So then I wrote a short poem, about writing on paper as you fold the corners in.

start from a corner
and pull inward, sharp
edges folded at the
center of the writing
of a poem of the story
you were trying so
hard to make clear
before it disappeared

That visual stayed with me for a few hours, and then I went back to start to try to visualize the words actually being folded. This was done using a screenshot of my poem and then some filters and effects in Lunapic.

Folded Paper Poem

Later, I wondered if I could make the digital image more three-dimensional and found a site that sort of does that, or at least does it interestingly enough for me to work with. I took that video file of the flat poem becoming more dimensional and moved it into iMovie, where I kept on tinkering around.

Then I composed the music track, added narration, and it was done. Normally, a Daily Create takes about 15 minutes but this one just hung around in my head for the day, so I just kept on playing around. The video at the top of the post is what I ended up with.

Peace (and Folds),

This Morning: A Poem of Decay and A Song of the Future

Gradual Decay

My mornings often begin with a poem (usually from a one-word prompt off Mastodon) and a response to the DS106 Daily Create. The poem was from the word “gradual” and the video/song was from a prompt about the future via an image of Bryan Alexander giving a presentation about the future. The music I composed was themed in three movements: Curiosity, Concern, and Creativity.

Peace (Making It),

PS – I’ve also been doing something related to further explorations of AI Thinking Partners with my NWP friend, Paul Allison, but I will share more about that another day.

Art-Full Remix

Today’s Daily Create via DS106 had us using an online art generator (Type A Painting) that turns letters and words into neat art blocks. I wrote about remix (as did Sarah) and then decided to remix my original, using art filters and video fades.

Peace (and Play),

A Little Bit Loopy Space

This began as a DS106 Daily Create, inspired by a comic sketch from my friend Tyler Weaver, which led to a gif by Alan, which led to a Gif Loop video by John, which led to me making a loop soundtrack and layering it in, and then adding a dancing Jim to the end.

Typical DS106 remix … ’nuff said.

Peace (and fun),

Poem: This Machine Eats Writers

It Eats Writers

This morning’s Daily Create prompt for DS106 connects back to Ethical ELA’s prompt some time back for a Sijo poem. I still have the inquiry around Generative AI in my mind, apparently.

This machine
eats all our words
and spits them out

neither asks
our approval
or permission

It only
edges us writers
into extinction

Peace (and writing),