The Cold Tap Sings

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I’m honoured to have a poem in issue two of PAIN, among some very fine voices. It’s a beautiful journal beautifully produced – those colours! – with copies available here.



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.


Totally over
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.

@emwildcat’s haiku was originally posted here. There’s more haiku here, and you can read about Google Poetics, another online found poetry project, here.


This week I came across an amazing Tumblr called Google Poetics. Curated by Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo, the website is a collection of screenshots of Google’s suggested searches presented as found poems. Here’s one I made earlier.

The curators encourage internet users to submit the content, as Google tailors searches based on an internet user’s language, location, gender, age and all manner of other criteria. If a suggested search pops up it’s because someone, somewhere has searched for it in the past…

As in every found poem, the proximity of incongruous subjects – Shakespeare and Sharon Watts, for example – makes for comic effect.

Google Poetics is updated daily, so it’s well worth checking out. And why not have a go at submitting a found poem yourself? I sent them this one.

Read more found poems here.