🌰 concrete poetry pathfinder
Reading Layli Long Soldier’s Obligations 2 is like reading your horoscope. Shaped like a diamond, the piece invites you to read it any number of ways: forwards, backwards, or a meandering path down the middle. I was struck by how the diamond structure allows a huge variety of outcomes (up to 128!), while still producing something meaningful. If you’ve played with the 🌰 random poetry generator, you know how hard that is.
This artwork allows you start with a random poem of my choosing, but change any words, or the entire structure of the poem, if you’d like! Hitting the “Generate” button walks you down a random path, highlighting the words as it goes. Replace all the words with your own to come up with your own poetry.
Fill out the form above and hit Generate to see your poem
All Potential Paths:
- Inspired by: Obligations 2
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