Boing Boing: Literary Hub has an 90s style “Mathblaster” game based on Emily Dickinson

Boing Boing: Literary Hub has an 90s style “Mathblaster” game based on Emily Dickinson. “Literary Hub’s new game ‘EmilyBlaster’ could be the most engaging way to make students that are interfacing with Emily Dickinson’s work for the first time view the classic poems in a new light. Although the potential for enticing students to read Emily Dickinson exists, the game was actually created to serve as a tie-in to the novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.”

PR Newswire: A digital future for Black poetry at JMU, thanks to new $2 million grant (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: A digital future for Black poetry at JMU, thanks to new $2 million grant (PRESS RELEASE). “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded James Madison University $2 million over four and a half years to secure the digital future of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the nation’s first academic center devoted to Black poetry. This generous grant will support the Center’s internationally recognized leadership and provide for archival description, digital preservation, and global access to an extensive archive of Furious Flower poetry and spoken word performance videos held by JMU Libraries Special Collections.”

The Beats within: comparing AI & human adaptations of “Howl” (Stanford Libraries)

Stanford Libraries: The Beats within: comparing AI & human adaptations of “Howl” . “‘Howl’ is considered one of the most important poems of American literature and stands as an iconic work of the 1950’s. Can its famous first line be translated into a different context entirely by using fictional texts from another period? What does the GPT-2 model (a large language model originally developed by Open-AI) mark as the identifying features of the first line of ‘Howl’ and what does that tell us about the GPT-2 model’s knowledge of literary texts? For this occasion, we retrained the small-size GPT-2 model (originally developed by Open-AI) to generate alternate ways to complete the text ‘I saw the best minds of my generation…’ in the style of different authors or characters, with the result as a text or an image.” Sweet Valley High! Star Wars!

African Poetry Digital Portal: an online archive for the continent’s poetry (University of Oxford)

University of Oxford: African Poetry Digital Portal: an online archive for the continent’s poetry. “An ambitious international project to establish a portal and archive for African poetry from across the continent has won $750,000 in backing from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The African Poetry Digital Portal, based at the University of Nebraska, involves poets and librarians from across the African continent and will also be supported by others, including Oxford’s English Faculty and the Bodleian library.”

Boing Boing: Online archive of e e cummings poetry

Boing Boing: Online archive of e e cummings poetry. “The website aims to republish all of the author’s work as it gradually enters the public domain. Built using open-source software and structured data, it also offers publishers, academics, analysts, fans and artists free and easy access to the poet’s body of work.”

Emory University: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to give free Emory University reading online

Emory University: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to give free Emory University reading online. “Current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the position, will read her poems at an event hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library on Saturday, March 20, at 4 p.m. Although this is normally a large, annual, in-person event — part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series — Harjo’s program will be online due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.” The event is free but registration is required.

Mountain XPress: New digital archive examines Nina Simone’s relationship with Langston Hughes

Mountain XPress: New digital archive examines Nina Simone’s relationship with Langston Hughes. “In 1949, poet Langston Hughes, right, spoke at Allen High School in Asheville. One of the students in attendance was Eunice Waymon, later known professionally as Nina Simone. In time, the poet and the singer developed a unique friendship, which author and N.C. State University professor W. Jason Miller is currently documenting in an online archive.”

Carnegie Mellon University: CMU Students Train AI to Write Book of Limericks

Carnegie Mellon University: CMU Students Train AI to Write Book of Limericks. “Mitch Fogelson, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, said he and his fellow students — Xinkai Chen, who completed the Master of Information Systems Management program in December 2020; Qifei Dong, a master’s degree candidate in electrical and computer engineering; Christopher Dare, a master’s degree candidate in information and communication technology; and Tony Qin, a junior artificial intelligence major — opted to focus their AI on limericks because the form has a fixed AABBA rhyming structure. Also, they had access to a database of 90,000 limericks that they could use to train their AI.”

InPublishing: Poetry London Launches Complete 24-Year Digital Archive For Institutions

InPublishing: Poetry London Launches Complete 24-Year Digital Archive For Institutions. “Available for institutional subscriptions, the fully-searchable resource will grow with each new issue published and allows for seamless access to a treasure trove of work from emerging and acclaimed poets, says Exact Editions. Poetry London has risen from modest beginnings as a listings newsletter into one of the UK’s leading poetry magazines. Published three times a year, each issue features poems and reviews from London and far beyond, including work in translation.”

BookRiot: Where To Find Free Poetry Online

BookRiot: Where To Find Free Poetry Online. “As everyone knows, April is National Poetry Month! A lot of poetry challenges are going on, like writing a poem a day and finding the best poem to carry around in a pocket (for Poem In Your Pocket Day; this year it’s April 30). Buying all the poetry books is also a big way to celebrate. When your book budget busts, you can visit these websites to find free poetry online.”

Fast Company: This GPS-based haiku generator writes poems about your current location

Fast Company: This GPS-based haiku generator writes poems about your current location . “A new website, OpenStreetMap Haiku, is an online poem generator created by Satellite Studio, a firm made up of a small team of designers and developers dedicated to creating data visualizations and maps with the help of technology. The geo-fueled generator uses a map location and OpenStreetMap data to create randomized poems using a database of coordinate-dependent words.” I just took half an hour I do not have to play with this. It’s so good.

OZY: Tired Of The Social Media Void? Try Connecting Over Poetry

OZY: Tired Of The Social Media Void? Try Connecting Over Poetry. “Poetizer, a new social media platform, is connecting its users through verse. Aiming to be a positive, metaphysical alternative to the existing platforms, Poetizer is what co-founder Lukas Sedlacek calls ‘a safe space’ online for creative expression and connection. In contrast to traditional social media, Sedlacek explains, poetry as a platform allows us to see what unites us as humans struggling to make sense of the world around us. And his social media experiment is catching on. “

Poetry In Motion: Social Media Revives Ancient Art (International Business Times)

International Business Times: Poetry In Motion: Social Media Revives Ancient Art. “…sales of poetry books jumped 66 percent between 2012 and 2017, according to Nielsen BookScan, which gathers data for the book publishing sector. Around 1.3 million poetry books were sold last year, a 12-percent increase over the previous year, its figures show. Two thirds of the buyers were aged under 34.”

Library of Congress: Fresh Life (Online) for the epic Shahnamah

Library of Congress: Fresh Life (Online) for the epic Shahnamah. “‘The Shahnamah,’ (translated as ‘The Persian Book of Kings’) is the majestic narrative that recounts the history of pre-Islamic Persia, a staggering work of literature first published about 1,000 years ago. Written by the poet Ferdowsi, it is composed of 62 separate stories set in 50,000 rhyming couplets and divided into 990 chapters. It was 33 years in the making. ‘Epic’ doesn’t begin to cover it…. The Library has three gorgeous manuscript copies of ‘Shahnamah’ – and, as a four-year digitization process of the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection is now wrapping up, you can now see them all online.”

Google Blog: Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI

Google Blog: Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI. “POEMPORTRAITS is an online collective artwork, experimenting at the boundaries of AI and human collaboration—a combination of poetry, design and machine learning. A POEMPORTRAIT is your self portrait overlaid with a unique poem, created by AI. Starting today, you can create your own and contribute to the evolving, collective poem.” You do NOT have to take a selfie to get a poem. Which is good because I was about to do a level 8 Daffy Duck.