Disaster Strikes

This is a found poem made using tweets from infamous Twitter bot account @horse_ebooks. The tweets are reproduced almost verbatim. Known for its surreal, non-sequitur and strangely poetic tweets, @horse_ebooks captured the imaginations of its followers who were left wondering what sort of algorithm could possibly produce such inhuman poetry. Eventually @horse_ebooks was revealed to be a human all along and the account shut down.

This poem was written in 2012.


"Disaster Strikes"

Today we are very lucky to be talking --

I m sitting in the corner of my living room looking out on the river. It s great to have a conversation with you. I m looking

And screaming, lecturing or badgering.

Learn From My Agony!

Look

we re both busy and time is important so here is a breakdown

The most powerful human secret:

Everything is consistent.

Everything mechanical has an alignment, a car swerves right and left when out of alignment, a motor

spins out the slow and dreamy hula harmonies,

a second language.

It is

Time, energy, imagination; Big ideas.

It is

process but there s no reason.

This belief has arisen from long observation of the facts of life.

All of us will, at some point, face

gorgeous liars,

the fever and the delirium,

or Loss

Sorry,. I didn t mean to scare you, but nobody promised this would be easy. THERE IS NO. SUCH THING AS EASY.

THERE IS SO MUCH HERE FOR YOU, I CAN T REALLY SAY

We re very lucky today.