Introspective Poet Silhouette
Introspective Poet Silhouette
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A New Combination of Poetic Constraints

analog beings
can digitally evolve
faith guarantees hope

incredible joy
kindness, loving, mindfulness
nightly overflow

perhaps quietness
revealing something truthful
universally

verifiable
without xenophobia
yielding zygotes

I’ve always loved haiku, and recently read some great abc poems. This exercise, combining the two formats, was surprisingly difficult to complete (at least for me) yet also very satisfying. Combining these two restrictive style constraints forces authors into rethinking their ideas and coming up with totally new angles of expression.

I did a bit of quick research, but couldn’t find any existing instances of someone trying to combine these two styles. It sounded…


Photo of the author circa 2013, taken by a coworker-friend outside our office.

My company book club is currently reading an important one: Algorithms of Oppression. This has sparked strong interest — in myself as well as many coworkers — to take action. I encourage you to read the book as well, to learn more about the core problems inherent to private algorithms. Ideally, algorithmically-driven decisions should represent all people equitably… but that’s currently not often the case.

How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

Just as our world evolves, this blog will function as my personal evolving account of a shared journey towards reducing algorithmic oppression. …

Ryan LaBarre

buddhas and bicycles; https://algorithmeq.com

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