Times Haiku is serendipitous poetry from The New York Times. Jacob Harris created an algorithm to automatically generate poetry from recent stories from the paper. It “periodically checks the New York Times home page for newly published articles. Then it scans each sentence looking for potential haikus by using an electronic dictionary containing syllable counts.”
The results are uncanny, sad, or surprisingly testy haiku — handpicked by an editorial team and posted to the Times Haiku blog. Reminds me of my project Inadvertent Haiku, where I personally wrote haiku from the literal words found in top news stories, but with a brilliant algorithm and fresh design.
Do you love haiku, or poetry too? Any favorites?