The poetron is an interactive poem-generating installation. Housed in a small wooden box, it generates and prints new versions of poems on receipts for visitors to take home. The poetron has been installed in a variety of contexts, including short term events and extended gallery displays.
In each installation I set up the poetron to generate new realizations of a particular chance poem. At its CJ. One installation it was set up with my chance poem Other Kinds of Mirrors. At events featuring my book of chance poems, I typically set it up to generate versions of the book's title poem. I like to encourage visitors to generate a few poems so they can compare them and get a feeling for the wider nature of chance poetry.
Under the hood, the poetron consists of a Raspberry Pi, an arcade button USB interface, and a receipt printer. The Pi is programmed to listen for button presses, and when they are received generate poems and print them out. The (highly disorganized) source code is available here.
While the poetron can be programmed to generate poems using any method, every installation to date has been with a poem written in my chance text programming language, BML.