Ideas Imagine Passion: A Computer-Written Prose Poem Programmed by David Benedetti. David Benedetti, ed, David Bromige Leslie Scalapino, Tom Clark, Anselm Hollo, Jackson Mac Low, Bill Berkson, Ron Padgett, Philip Whalen, Ken Wainiom Larry Eigner, Lyn Hejinian, Ron Silliman, Judson Crews, Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth, Robert Grenier.

Ideas Imagine Passion: A Computer-Written Prose Poem Programmed by David Benedetti

San Francisco: Peoples Internationalist Publishing Conspiracy, 1983. First edition. 4to, [58] pp, computer printout sheets clipbound into a blue card folder with glassine front sheet.

First and only edition of this remarkable, collaboratively authored, computer generated work - the result of a computer program written by Benedetti. According to the editor,

"The program takes 800 words sent in by 80 writers and friends, and 1500 words I added, and constructs sentences. The word list, coded for part of speech, is shuffled often, and random number generators are used to drive the variations in word choice and syntax. Phrases are constructed without regard for the meaning of the words, using only their coded parts of speech to form grammatically correct sentences."--Introduction.

Collaborators in the work included a generous cross section of avant-garde poets, including Leslie Scalapino, David Bromige, Robert Grenier, Tom Raworth, Lee Harwood, Judson Crews, Ron Silliman, Lyn Hejinian, Ken Wainio, Larry Eigner, Philip Whalen, Ron Padgett, Bill Berkson, Jackson Mac Low, Anselm Hollo, Tom Clark, and many others.

Scarce in the trade.

Very good, with some minor creasing to folder, and a touch of page toning. Item #26962