New rules (Yes, Google - I know, I've already done this for my blog, and now you will penalize me for duplicate content as the rules are exactly the same. Not the poem of course!)
- Search for your site on Google: site:elkement.subversiv.at/en
- Pick the first search result in the language of your site
- Pick a chain of words, a contiguous snippet from this Google search result. This becomes the title of your poem.
- Label X: Copy your chosen snippet and search again, now for this phrase.
- Pick the first snippet from the new search results, choose a phrase. This is the next line of the poem; re-arrangement, editing or skipping search results is not allowed.
- Goto X.
not funny though
it often just looked unfocused
while others procrastinate
silently cursing yourself
Much energy is wasted in talking
It can be measured
to answer the following questions
Need an extra hand?
meaning, pronunciation and more
the class of ostensive definitions
words will not be understood
Word of the Day
A rapid scramble down the shattered ridge
All too soon we were on the top
And with you went my dream
I know where I was going
a 1945 romance film
A complete list
clear it to fix issues
There are a number of problems
There is or There are
what to do when it's not so clear cut
Distinctly and sharply defined
A line that represents
Tough and Tricky questions
So you think you're pretty clever?
move forward or backward to get to the perfect spot
the best way
world of dreams
extremely powerful queries
they're a lot more trouble
work you have to do for something
questioning why we don't hold different cards
which basically translates to
which basically means
we're going to take
Time to poetry-size articles on this website again! As usual, I google for this site - using site:elkement.subversiv.at/en - and take one continuous, unedited snippet from each of the linked pages. Search results must be processed in the order Google shows them, and they must not be re-arranged later.
the Existence of the Matrix AKA Corporate World
I had literally been asked
Who will take care of my dear website in 200 years?
run off to the restrooms at a party
As all stressed managers and other pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago
Algorithms loom large
look more like a placeholder
I am trying to learn the terminology
Off-the-wall geek humor versus existential philosophical questions
But I was penalized for all this.
Don't think about it too long!
While I gravitated against quantum theory
what I had had in mind but never did
not igniting my entrepreneurial spirits yet
back-to-the-roots stuff will be migrated
I want to challenge my own ideas
in a pang of cheeky self-assurance
a grown-up physicist's biggest ethical dilemma
what I never wanted to know
one more telltale sign of the Siren Server (© Jaron Lanier) resisting subversion by poetry
Global corporations have their brand names tested for potentially unwanted connotations
Especially if they are appealing to your vanity
The proof by contradiction
Our village has changed its zip code
to enter a more detached state of mind
You can turn into your own cliché
I'll pontificate about anything nonetheless.
So after all - it was all worth it.
Each phrase becomes a line in this 'poem'
it is no good rationalizing too much
a small-talk question, innocent and harmless.
Physics or Engineering?
I suck at keeping to my own agenda
Do we need a new attempt?
books trigger some random thougths of mine
you don't know how the story will unfold
Same rules as for search term poetry or spam poetry:
- Search your own site or profile on Google, using: site:elkement.subversiv.at/en/.
- Open each page in the order Google dictates.
- Pick one phrase from this (your own) post or article. Don't think about it too long! Editing is not permitted.
- Each phrase becomes a line in this 'poem'. Re-ordering or re-considering previous lines is not allowed.
reconnected with my roots
just reassembling weird snippets
since the turn of the millenium I have been experimenting
Alas, I stick with
Which also contains the expected meta-musings
a world taken right out of a gothic movie
We are now going to challenge this, and we will ask Google
I'll pontificate about anything nonetheless
This is done deliberately
I can hardly see a problem at all
pathetic attempts of mine
It turned to a second 'branch' of
a Perpetuum Mobile
Off-the-wall geek humor versus existential philosophical questions
You be the judge on lightness and darkness.
We are flabbergasted
Instead of a 'Bio'
The subscriber may not be happy with that
I rather pick and add what I stumbled upon
created from cookies
as sort of a mental exercise
allusions to the mystical without knowing about
in the glorious era of THE GREAT dotcom HYPE
my post adolescent postmodern gloomy stanzas
boiling down knowledge to the essential information
somewhen in 2003
a combination of my eternal laziness and lack of motivation
I got involved in some serious discussions
No human being on this planet registered the historical event.
my inner clock
spontaneous outburst of my creativity
the structure is always work in progress
in contrast to standard mantras of modern 'information and knowledge worker society'
We are using the Babylonian system of numbers
in sunny Pannonian Plain
Or could we be subversive all the time?
The Elkement is a Netizen and living in many places. Its most innovative poetry has actually seen the light of the virtual day elsewhere.
Shamelessly plagiarizing ourselves, we cross-post the whole list of Poems from the Virtual Scrapyard Below. But we add bonus material and - again! - invent a new genre (first seen @ subversiv.at): From each of the historical poems, one line is picked to be inserted in a new poem (So this is Poetry From Poetry). Rules: One poem needs to be processed after the other, in chronological order, and you must not go back to older poems and change the picked line. So you don't know how the story will unfold. As real life as it can get in experimental poetry!
Poem from Poems
One line taken from each of the poems / articles on poems listed below, starting with the oldest. Note that some blog postings are meta-postings on poetry; so not every line was poetry in the 'original'.
just received a blank piece of paper in the mail
irony vs oxymoron
I ain’t saying your information isn’t solid,
A Digression – There is no digressification, is it?
I don’t dare to do more research!
and things should be back to normal
make sure there are no hidden phrases
poems standing on the shoulders of others
to flush the toilet
everything has already been told
40 below summer fire at zero gravity
you might want to put that on your blacklist.
You must not edit the original lines in any way
If you are inside the horizontal scenery
These are actually enormous ideas
irrevocable, eternal – insert you favorite legal phrases
un-ambiguity and preserveness
alien themed control panels
abilities in narrating an event
travel in past by falling asleep
engineering and art meets
let us determine what you think
i need to remember this
dark side of me is even more interesting
gloomy and cynical futurism
That was a difficult period and I couldn’t maintain my sanity
It doesn’t matter if you forget the lyrics
Fun and adventure that is
Exploding the Phone
What should become a manifesto
sealed by the tokens of 20th century’s civilization
To be continued...
The list of seed poems
[2015-08-01] Travelling Like Spam Poetry. How spam poetry actually started - doing it in real-live instead of writing it.
[2015-07-02] What the Internet Asks of Me. A cross-over between Search Term Poetry and trying to seriously learn from the searchers’ questions.
[2015-03-18] Virtual Book Spine Poetry (Edition 2014 + 2015/6). Merging two posts: 1) the 2014 edition of my yearly book reviews, a tradition I started last year, and 2) my next experimental poem, in a new experimental genre.
[2014-12-22] Google Translational Poetry – Austrian Christmas Edition. Poem already created from Google results – transformed once more by running them through 10 languages in Google Translate. Bonus: Literary critique and a connection to a Wikimedia image related to Christmas and to Austria.
[2014-12-04] Imaginative Poetry. Inspired by the Second Name of Collected Space. Flarf taken to the next level: Inspired by images created also by a flarf-y method. And printed on real paper – for the first time.
[2014-11-01] Poetry of Anything. Now I Know This Is Called Flarf! I learned two things: 1) I am very late to the poetry-from-the-internet-scrapyard party, but 2) that stuff is serious art. I am also trying something new – poems unrelated to my websites but fuelled by Google only.
[2014-08-24] The Destiny of the Universe. My darkest spam poem so far, not for the faint of heart. I owe to the spammer trying to sell games involving the killing of aliens.
[2014-07-28] Crowdsourcing Poetry (Again). Search terms from the second quarter, blended with terms from Google Webmaster Tools and some enigmatic – and typically Austrian – images.
[2014-04-04] Search Term Poetry – Spring Edition. Very condensed search terms, mixed with some pathetic images taken by an ancient smart phone.
[2014-01-10] I am determined to subvert Google’s efforts to hide this precious raw material for Search Term Poetry: Search Term Poetry Sans Google.
[2013-12-06] Celebrating one year of so-called poetry with a stream-of-consciousness-style Spam Poem: Poetry from the Virtual Scrapyard Anniversary: I Subconsciously Think about This Element.
[2013-10-12] Breaking News on Search Term Poetry (Good, Bad, Ugly). A post by an accomplished author featuring one of my search term poems has been Freshly Pressed, but Google has started encrypting search terms. The end of Search Term Poetry?
[2013-10-03] The Science of Search Term Poetry, using mostly physics-related search terms from the third quarter.
[2013-09-08] Quarterly Search Term Poetry Results (Overdue!) based on search terms submitted in the second quarter. For the first time comments left on the previous post have been included.
[2013-08-14] Welcome to the Real World! – warm-up after a time-out from social media with an haiku-style short Search Term Poem.
[2013-06-06] What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope, and Lifeless Faces: combining Spam Poetry and images for the first time. (Warning: This poem is not for the faint of heart.)
[2013-05-26] Decoding Myself: Searching for Hidden Clues in My Blog Posts’ Titles – founding a new variety of the genre (again) by creating poetry from headers of posts of mine.
[2013-05-16] Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag takes the concept of dialogue one step further: We hear a disciple appealing to his or her cult leader.
[2013-05-07] Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors is a surprisingly apt self-referential comment, promoted to the title of this post and the spam poem (sub-)titled searching for sanskrit tattoos. This poem was the first showing off dialogues containing fortune-cookie-like pearls of bizarre wisdom.
[2013-04-26] My debut as a literary critic and spam poetry expert – a review on the (alleged) first book of Spam Poetry: Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers’ Vegetable Soup!
[2013-04-16] Impolite and Humiliating Spam and Why We Really Need Tags for Spam Comments More than Time Machines, a poem made from nasty spam only.
[2013-04-04] Spam Poets Write Weird Things was a Search Term Poem. For the first time the title of a blog post was borrowed from a search term. Since search terms on WordPress Stats started to repeat themselves I have also added terms from Google Webmaster Tools. On the other hand I introduced length ordering of search terms.
[2013-03-29] I Need More Trivial Content which was: A Spam Poem created from snippets of a blog post of mine that had been pasted into a spam comment in its entirety.
[2013-03-22] On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things – not really poetry, just two search terms. But the post itself could be called art from the scrapyard.
[2013-03-03] My Zen-ny Search Terms: Where Engineering Meets Art Meets Physics Meets Geekdom. (And Rodents, Sometimes.) and providing the concise How-to-guide readers have asked for.
[2013-02-13] Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art.
[2013-02-01] An attempt to transcend the genre: The Art of Error Messages.
[2013-01-24] What a let-down: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and Not Recognizing It.
[2013-01-18] Spam Poems and Search Terms Poems: Preliminary Results. I have started a movement – this is an account of its history.
[2013-01-14] Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level? by including spam comments in my poems, in addition to search terms.
[2012-12-31] The end of the year and some some life events are celebrated in a search term poem: 2012: The Year We Make Contact.
[2012-12-12] The very first search term poem saw the light of the blogospheric day: Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms.
This seems to be fundamental question The Subversive Element is trying to answer on numerous Red Pages.
subversiv.at has been a feeble would-be protest against Dilbertesque world of work. After I had risen to the challenge, lamented, fought, and transmogrified myself I consider that resolved, once for all. What remains to be done here? Write comments on my comments on my old articles, the ones I recoil in horror when re-reading them. Sometimes I comment in English on German stuff or vice versa. Sometimes I resort to Google Translate to reach one more meta-level in creating Google-based poetry from existing Search Term Poetry or Spam Poetry.
Can that be art? Never, I'd said a few weeks ago. But recently the Element has learned that this is indeed art, called 'Flarf'. So I have been creating Flarf for nearly two years - or perhaps longer, if some of my early subversive art here counts as well - although I was not the innovator I had hoped I was.
But there is an eerie effect - you experts will explain that to me. Each Flarf poem has the same signature style or flavor - I call it the post-modern, the dystopian. It is experimental sci-fi movie crossed with Dilbert going New Age. It is being ironic about irony. Or maybe not. This is independent of the details of the Flarf method used - search terms, spam comments, arbitrary Google searches, even snippets from my own posts, or readers' comments - they speak to me in the same way.
Here is an example: my latest Spam Poem to date, cross-posted from the elkementary blog. The complete list of all Flarf poetry listed chronologically is curated here - if and which ones I re-post here remains an enigma to myself, much like Flarf.
the destiny of the universe
my honest, preconceived thoughts
a great unreal dream
when you con the destiny with your artistry
gloomy and cynical futurism
that any mortal should avoid
you arrive from the Victorian England
in the known galaxy
dark and cynical sci-fi
forces an illusion
of that time gone by
When skyscrapers were first built
you are not understanding anything
what if i told you
There are undoubtedly more color options nearby
started to be repetitive
one of the big deterrents to me
your deprecating coherence
is a potpourri
this type of despicable hypocirite
it will be the future of the human race
handing more control over
lets us progress even deeper into this sci-fi nightmare
armor and weapon
usually do not adhere to regulations
The glare of the goblin sparks partially blinded him.
player in cyberspace
heed your call of duty
I’ll certainly come back
through the dust
or snipe the undead beasts
talk with other mentors
men and women dressed in cartoon costumes
The cartoon is attractive
corporate, regal, or fair-minded
reported to have ghost activity
called Glass Collective
never publicly dated anyone
Put your prowess to evaluation
removing their skin
rapidly rose the reputation
conditional upon the execution
Disgrace on Google
the cosmic horror
We do know these people analyze
Numerous aliens in space will traumatize you
with the fantasy stars
Your toddlers shall like it
none of the visions has borne fruit
as a matter of fact
in public areas nevertheless
The spring of 24
most is inconsistent
becomes a virtual community
something that we are hoping
i could truthfully do something to be able
Slowly return your head to the original position
Will there be a part 2?
the last sentence of the page
Intellectuals are scathing Facebook in error. This is not at all the preferred network of amateur food photographers, humblebragging spammers of personal success stories, or creators of uncalled for inspirational quotes. It it more of a philosophy, a framework, and an -ism probably that we subversive artists have been waiting for.
About one year since in having indulged in Facebook inspired art we are proud to present the results.
The Subversive El(k)ement has been on its meteoric rise to fame as a spam poet and search term poet since December 2012. However, only the most diligent historians of that sort of art know that the very first elementary search term poem has been published on Facebook. It is hard to find now due to a glitch with FB's timeline back then - one more telltale sign of the Siren Server (© Jaron Lanier) resisting subversion by poetry.
On December 6, 2012 the following poem has seen the light of day 5 minutes before midnight. This poem has been stiched together from search terms submitted by the visitors of the Elkement's Wordpress blog:
burn org chart
theory about stupid questions
just received a blank piece of paper in the mail
universe life combine
heat pump outer space
reconcile corporate goals
stiff wire instead of helium
sniffing of path
original idea already cliche
silly questions on microwave engineering
dead mouse smell around microwave
Find the complete and definitive history of Poetry from the Scrapyard here.