One of the most interesting threads of contemporary narrative has developed around Twitter. The 140-caracter limit and the speed with which statements, thoughts, demands and recommendations circulate are just some of the characteristics that make this semantic world a passionate phenomenon.

But what many users do not realize is that behind their flow of tweets is a hidden seam of poetic potential which can be revealed thanks to an algorithmic treatment provided by Brazilian website Poetweet. The result is a kind of automated exquisite corpse that is, at the very least, amusing, and with a little luck will come up with some memorable lines.

The procedure is very simple (although in the case of many accounts there are not enough tweets to generate a lyrical verse). You simply have to enter the feed of the user from which you wish to extract a little poetry. You then choose the format of the poem, such as a 14-line sonnet, a rondel (two stanzas of four verses and one of five), or an octave (or eight-line poem). And then you enjoy, in awe, the poetic rendition of your timeline.

If you want to try such a transformation, visit the site and immerse yourself in the unlikely esthetic of your tweets. Meanwhile, here is the result of ours:

Recent Decades
by Faena Aleph
 
Think, this is a charming example
Why are bestiary-beasts so lovable?
Remember, it’s simple
Be socially responsible.
 
Of a conquered conquistador:
Beethoven for injured elephants
From burying the heart separately
A world that works for all.
 
A trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Machines for detecting ghosts:
To move.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
 
And truthful world of bestiaries
What we are – Eduardo Galeano
(So as Engineers of Realities)

One of the most interesting threads of contemporary narrative has developed around Twitter. The 140-caracter limit and the speed with which statements, thoughts, demands and recommendations circulate are just some of the characteristics that make this semantic world a passionate phenomenon.

But what many users do not realize is that behind their flow of tweets is a hidden seam of poetic potential which can be revealed thanks to an algorithmic treatment provided by Brazilian website Poetweet. The result is a kind of automated exquisite corpse that is, at the very least, amusing, and with a little luck will come up with some memorable lines.

The procedure is very simple (although in the case of many accounts there are not enough tweets to generate a lyrical verse). You simply have to enter the feed of the user from which you wish to extract a little poetry. You then choose the format of the poem, such as a 14-line sonnet, a rondel (two stanzas of four verses and one of five), or an octave (or eight-line poem). And then you enjoy, in awe, the poetic rendition of your timeline.

If you want to try such a transformation, visit the site and immerse yourself in the unlikely esthetic of your tweets. Meanwhile, here is the result of ours:

Recent Decades
by Faena Aleph
 
Think, this is a charming example
Why are bestiary-beasts so lovable?
Remember, it’s simple
Be socially responsible.
 
Of a conquered conquistador:
Beethoven for injured elephants
From burying the heart separately
A world that works for all.
 
A trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Machines for detecting ghosts:
To move.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
 
And truthful world of bestiaries
What we are – Eduardo Galeano
(So as Engineers of Realities)

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