Linda Crespi's Haiku Machine and Tanka Manufacturer

At long last we're able to present more programmed poetry from Linda Crespi. (Her "COLLABORATIVE SONNETS" can now be found at The Alsop Review.)

This time she has used the power of the JavaScript programming language to permutate a limited but evocative vocabulary into syllabically correct (and occasionally quite moving) haikus and tankas.

For those of you unacquainted with Japanese verse-forms, a haiku has three lines, of five seven and five syllables. A tanka is a five-line form. The lines are five, seven, five, seven and seven syllables long.

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