AI is writing poems. Lots of poems. So many poems that the already overflowing sea of poetry on the Internet and elsewhere is the literary equivalent of Biblical deluge. Anyone can now write a poem literally just by tapping their finger.
Sure, the poems (for now) aren't very good. And, sure, they are brazen pastiches of copyright trampled "samples" based on wiki-prosody and plebian twangs.
But AI is only going to get better.
I have a lot of thoughts about this, but right now, I want to know what you think. Do you fear AI? Do you use AI for writing? Do you scoff at the idea?
For now, I'll just say this...
I watched this happen with chess. One day people were laughing at computers, next thing you know, the ten best players in the world combined, led by Magnus Carlsen, would be lucky to even survive a middle game against super-crushers like Leela and Stockfish. Carlsen is the highest rated player in history at 2800, while Stockfish is rated at 3600.
A human being will never beat the best AI at chess. Never.
But imagining that it could happen would make a great story! Or even a poem.
And, so far, no AI could have thought of that.
If you click the John Henry portrait up top, you'll see how I've been leaning on AI creatively.
No "tally" because I'm taking a quick break from poetry to work on music.
Please take a moment to check out my new song "Wyld Heart" over at YouTube. Or click over to my Soundcloud page!