using that variational autoencoder I trained on 1m lines of poetry—making a poetic form I'm going to call the "variational sestinoid," which forms its stanzas from samples in progressively larger circles centered on the same point in the latent space

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(I like the way these sort of unfurl, elaborating on the same spot of the poem-space, producing variations that retain lexical and semantic links to each previous stanza)

@aparrish this reminds me of an effect i used to try for by chaining successive variations and recombinations of small poems.

i don't think it was ever a very _successful_ thing - like i don't think it really put anything across to my readers other than confusion about what i was doing, and honestly it probably just made the individual poems worse - but it was interesting from inside the space of my head, at any rate.

@brennen the wonderful thing about being an experimental poet is that "interesting from inside the space of my head" is good enough!

@aparrish indeed!

i am, to the extent that i'm a poet at all, utterly conventional, but one of these days i'm going to have to devote some energy to text generation just for that very reason.

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