This project started with a simple question: could an AI write compelling poems without a human seeding it with the first lines or even a title. Could these poems move us in profound ways? And even fool us into thinking they were written by a human?
The answer is yes.
GPT-3 was prompted in three stages:
TITLE & TOPIC: hallucinate titles and first lines
BODY: Write the body of the poem, using examples of contemporary free verse poetry as inspiration
REAPER: Write a satisfying end to the poem
The artist then took each of these poems and integrated it into a unique rendering. Who planted the seed for each piece? Was it the machine, who wrote the poem? Or was it the programmer, who interfaced with the neural net? Or was it the inspirational poems used in the prompt? The answer is yes. All of us.