Code & Poetry
2018 03 01
My style of writing poetry has almost certainly been influenced by being a software developer. I find that I use indentation a lot, and punctuation very little. I find that I have a habit of indenting both for structure - concepts which are related get indented together - and for aesthetics. Human language and computer language can definitely stand pretty closely.
As an example, a few poems I've written:
Pay Attention Spend your attention on me Put your attention into A little piggy bank A tithe to the day to productivity I’ll collect it once a month
Can I sit up, write the date? Can I take a small step heading in the direction I want to take?
Open your door Walk your son Down the road Push him out there And go back in How many sons do we push? That’s a metaphor. My life is over-stretching My shoulders My metaphors
Every piece of a person goes into every other piece, I guess. If you’re a programmer who writes poetry, expect the poetry to influence your code and your code to influence your poetry.
This whole idea inspired by a tweet by @maybekatz. I'm not sure I've done with the idea yet, either...