Written, performed and visualized by Sasha Stiles and Technelegy.
Original music and sound design by Kris Bones.
1/1 media-rich poem by Pushcart Prize-nominated writer/artist Sasha Stiles and her AI alter ego, Technelegy -- a custom text generator trained by Stiles on her own poetry and reference materials.
Stiles wrote the first half of this poem in 2016, without AI input; that version was published in the prestigious literary journal Copper Nickel. In 2019-2020, she tasked Technelegy with writing the poem again, starting with the same first line (a nod to the opening of The Dry Salvages, part three of "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot). This generative text translation from the human into the transhuman appears in Stiles' first book, Technelegy (Black Spring Press Group); it became this video poem in 2021, and was minted as a unique NFT edition in October 2022.