English 111 / Comp Lit 115
May 20, 2015 6:20 PM   Subscribe

Experimental Writing Seminar: Constraints & Collaborations. In addition to setting out a few dozen writing exercises, the online syllabus for an introductory course taught by Charles Bernstein (poet and co-editor of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E) links to a variety of poems, poetry generators, and prose experiments on the web.

Substitution Exercises in Style
  • Raymond Queneau, Exercises in Style (PDF excerpt): 99 variations on "one" story
  • Caroline Bergvall with Ciáran Maher, "Via" (audio only): "a compiled list of translations into English of Dante's opening lines as archived in the British Library up until May 2000"
  • Raymond Queneau, "One Hundred Thousand Billion Poems": a web app implementing Queneau's combinatoric poem
Homophonic & Dialect Translation Without Rules, (K)not!, or Is Free Writing Free?
  • Jack Kerouac, notes on spontaneous bop prosody: guidelines for writing "'without consciousness'"
  • Bernadette Mayer, Studying Hunger: text based on the poet's 365-page journal of her psychoanalysis (more info)
  • Bernadette Mayer, "The Prostitutes At The Eldorado Club" from The Desires Of Mothers To Please Others In Letters: excerpt from a book blurbed "An epistolary text which takes as its formal parameters the nine months of Ms. Mayer's last pregnancy--an augury by bee sting--and writes the reader's psyche to the fences"
  • Hannah Weiner, Clairvoyant Journal: journal of the poet's immediate, literal vision of words "on my forehead IN THE AIR on other people on the typewriter on the page" (more info)
  • Hannah Weiner, "UBLIMINAL": another short piece of clairvoyant experience transcription
  • Clark Coolidge, excerpt from American Ones (full text): prose poetry about American landscapes, jazz, poetry itself, etc. (more info)
Pierre Joris
  • Readings from Poasis and works online: 1, 2, and 3
Bruce Andrews
  • Readings from works online: 1 and 2
Chance Operation & the Aleatoric The Art of Constraint
  • Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" and Robert McNally's "Tablespoons": the classic poem and its re-interpretation by the handwriting recognition software on the Apple Newton
  • Christian Bök, Eunoia (text and Flash versions; also audio): five short lipogrammatic texts akin to Perec's A Void
  • Kenneth Goldsmith, Fidget (text and Java applet versions): "every move Kenneth Goldsmith's body made on June 16, 1997"
  • Several works composed of neologisms / nonsense words: Kurt Schwitters, "Ur Sonata"; P. Inman, Ocker, Platin, and Uneven Development; and David Melnick, Pcoet.
Memory, Novel Forms Short lines/Short Poems ... Flarf / Conceptual Poetry / Web-Generated Poems / Found Poems / Appropriation Digital & Visual Poetry Poets / artists giving public readings or lectures mentioned on the syllabus
posted by Monsieur Caution (4 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
Yor killin me here.
No Ron Silliman?
Fantasistssss collection and thus flagged so.
posted by clavdivs at 7:06 PM on May 20, 2015

In the immortal words of the great prophet Keanu: "whoa".
posted by dejah420 at 9:07 PM on May 20, 2015

It's too bad the N+7 machine doesn't let you permalink to your results. Some of their suggested experiments turn out to be quite beautiful, like this pretty familiar one (it mistakes "bear" for a noun and that somehow just makes it even better):
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not beard false witticism against your neighbourhood.
You shall not bearer false wizard against your neologism.
You shall not bearing false wodge against your neophyte.
You shall not bearskin false woe against your nephew.
You shall not beast false wog against your nerve.
You shall not beat false wok against your nest.
You shall not beater false wolf against your nestle.
You shall not beating false wolfhound against your nestling.
You shall not beatnik false woman against your net.
You shall not beau false womanizer against your nettle.
You shall not beaut false womb against your network.
You shall not beautician false wombat against your neuron.
You shall not beauty false wonder against your neurosis.
False wonder against your neurosis, indeed. Out of the mouths of machines.
posted by RogerB at 9:57 PM on May 20, 2015 [3 favorites]

In the gaffe, everyone will be famous for fifteen misapprehensions.
posted by larrybob at 10:50 AM on May 21, 2015 [2 favorites]

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