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Lari Pittman, “Portrait of a Textile (Cretonne)”  (2018), Cel-vinyl, spray enamel on canvas over wood panel, 81 x 70 x 2 inches (© Lari Pittman, image courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles)

Markov Sonnet #2

That’s beautiful like ther lives are beautiful.
“Tripping out on her too the sun was so
tooooootally feminine). And is perfectly
genderstood, but they glistened in their lives
and stories’ meant tense i.e. I’m beautiful out

so will it hold all clean and hold its form?
When we’ve commentioned I say I can’t
this world this form.” It’s Wednesday. He drew back.
May be gentle? Relationist? Weak
weak tea? I baffle him.

Make it 11 for the light, talked
about M years later she goes. I’ll go.
Life is like any or quite it was Sunday.
They glistened in their artistic model of freedom.

Markov Sonnet #4

Neverything out of cognity she said.
That’s beautiful like ther lives are beautiful.
I feel like I’ll be they and them and then
using, hefting. Could if they’re charismation
and crackets, ordered in asphalt—

I want to be beautiful around me
dependent can’t change from the different
protégés and moods. I’m so boredom
other I know Jesus Chris Kraus Marie
is it why you aren’t going to wait for form?

Blissed on a single truth and passed out with
anythink by this blur of kiss me like theory
and swallow if you’re out of day,  tomorrow
blue with inheritance blue with desire.

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Yumi Dineen Shiroma is a PhD student in English at Rutgers University, where she studies the theory and history of the novel. Her work has appeared in BOMB and Peach Magazine and is forthcoming in Nat. Brut. Her chaplet, A Novel Depicting “the” “Asian” “American” “Experience,” will be published by Belladonna* this fall. You can find her on Twitter at @ydshiroma.

Note: These poems, composed of text from my college diaries, run through a Markov chain generator, which probabilistically generates “sentences” based on what words tend to follow other words in the input text. The result is a text that is partially human-authored and partially machine-generated.

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu is the author of the poetry collections Phrasis (Fence, 2017), winner of the 2016 Ottoline Prize, and You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013). The recipient...