Chaos poetry (thing)
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Let me start by clearly stating that I don’t write poetry. At least not any more. I will admit that there was a time when I did write poetry. Bad poetry. Really bad poetry. This was of course when I was in high school, full of angst and listening to Nirvana. I still have all my notebooks that I filled up with the tripe that I wrote. They’re packed away right now, but I am sure some day I will pull them out again and have a good laugh. I wouldn’t call the following poetry either. They were, or are,… literary exercises inspired by E2. Maybe some of them are poetic, but just because something turns a lovely phrase does not make it a poem.
In college, I studied the Beats. In fact, every literature course that I took to fulfill my English minor (which wasn’t something that I had planned on obtaining, it just happened) related to the Beat writers in one way, shape or form. During the last class that I took, I became interested in Burroughs’s Cut Up Technique, but I had never tried it on my own.
I’m sure I am not the only who has noticed the “chaos” mode for write-ups. But in an altered mental state, I realized how useful the chaos mode could be…
I proudly introduce to you the notion of:
E2 Chaos Poetry
Alright, so I know prefaced the whole idea with saying that I didn’t consider it poetry, but E2 Chaos Literary Exercise just didn’t sound as catchy. Look at this as a way to motivate yourself to link skillfully, creating clever pipelinks and softlinks. The better you link, the better Chaos Poetry can be.
I am sure by now you are wondering exactly how to create these little literary gems of your own. First, find a node with the chaos link. You can find these under New Writeups. Second, hit that link. Most of the work as been done for you at this point. You now have a nice list of random phrases. Well, hopefully it is a nice list. Obviously, some nodes are better suited to this activity than others. Now it is up to you to restructure those phrases into something new.
When night taught you
Ain’t no sunshine shiver
The effect of gamma rays
Stars and the moon
The insatiable moon
Twelve dreams I had one night
Eyes wide shut
Another night at the frat house
A soulless killer’s blues
Up from the sky
Liquid skin tattoo
You are my sunshine
Dreaming up the blue door house