Final poem for Dr. Eric Schwerer’s Digital Poetry class.
Some video was taken from…
Super Mario Lost Levels
Call of Duty
Game of Thrones
Some audio taken from Jello Biafra, and Tipper Gore on Oprah, circa 1984.
A brief clip of “Outro in No Minor” can be heard in the background of the Mario Lost Levels video clip
Additional audio written, recorded and put together by Sean T. Jackson (Laika, the Astro-Hound)
Programs Hosting Sites and Materials Used
Windows Movie Maker
Microsoft Expression Web 4
Pitt server space
…and for the first time in some time, you find yourself smiling. You stand up, grab your keys, and walk back out the door. You return to the bar with the strength of ten introverts.
You feel different. You feel as thought Eliza has somehow taught you some inherent lesson about humanity. For all the fear in the world, there is still a small hope that things will go perfectly.
Eliza asks the question that you’ve programmed her to ask. Suddenly, you feel a lightness. You close your computer …
Eventually you realize that you’re projecting. This is no more real of an interaction than any you’ve experienced recently. You think of the girl at the bar.
You wonder what she’s like. Does she enjoy Russian classical composers like you do? You wonder if she finds the Rites of Spring as enticing as you do. Did Stravisnky earn the riots?
Eliza speaks in simple, short statements. She only says what you need to hear. What you’re yearning to hear.