Ah the dread of Pound's exhortation to "make it new," looms over every poet. If you're like me, you're always trying to find that new metaphor, that crisp simile but to no avail. Poets are even reduced to looking to the net for new ways of composing language e.g. Flarf.
A couple days ago, when I was setting up another Facebook account, I started to look more closely at Captchas. What strange phrases computer programs come up with! I noticed that some of these phrases were even poetic at times like "Curious Shadows," or "Noche Diligence," etc. So, the idea occurred to me to make poems using phrases from Captchas, thinking it would be an original feat. But today, while reading BoingBoing, guess what I saw? You guessed it, an entry about someone who already beat me to it. Granted, it's only a "silly" experiment by the author but still, it makes one temporarily insane at times.
Below is poem from the blog.
Chedge criestme orstsper!
Foref, myrac, munmanc,
Hanim equin padwo?