Friday, 7 December 2012

Auto-Beatnik Poem No. 44 by A Computer

Life magazine, 1961.

Allen Ginsberg eat your heart out - look what a computer can do. I'd like to have been in that coffee house when a 'bearded scientist' performed. Who said the Beats were gullible? Did William Burroughs know about this, and if so, did he approve? I suspect he would have done. Look not for the soul in the machine, for it couldn't dig Charlie Parker, or play bongos. It did, however, bring a whole knew meaning to the term 'automatic writing'...

More here, presumably by the same computer.

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