About this work:

This poem is a celebration of Nick Montfort’s “Taroko Gorge” and the more than 20 remixes made from its source code.

What Montfort has created with this poem generator is a way to find patterns in endless permutation of limited elements. But the poem is not in the endlessly looping textual output it produces, which is merely a temporary, ever-changing expression of an idea. The poem is in the pattern, teased out through the manipulation of variables and endless tweaks to the code to get this darned engine to produce something that roughly gestures towards what the poets wish to express.

Leonardo Flores is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus and a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen. His research areas are electronic literature, poetry, and digital preservation of first generation electronic objects. He is the writer and editor of a scholarly blogging project titled I ♥ E-Poetry (http://iloveepoetry.com) in which he has reviewed over 500 works of electronic literature. For more information on his current work, visit http://blogs.uprm.edu/flores/