by Robin Boothroyd
It looks like another humdrum tweet. But there’s poetry there: break it down into syllables (17), split them 5/7/5 over three lines, and – hey presto! – you have a haiku.
This stupid weather. I hate
Being cold. So much.
Tweet Haikus is a project created by H6O6. It uses a computer program called a “natural language toolkit” in order to “pluck haiku formed tweets from the public stream.” There’s a techy article explaining how it works here but, in short, the program analyses the 400 million tweets posted each day to determine whether they might work as haikus.
I think it’s a really interesting project, and a great illustration of the pandemonium of social media: some of the haikus are disturbing, others banal, others brilliant. The program hears poetry in the noise.