Everyone’s a poet, including this microbe Electric Literature January 16, 2013 Scuttlebutt 3 Comments Christian Bök is part poet, part mad scientist. He’s read the entirety of Webster’s Dictionary three times, invented a language for a sci-fi TV show, and, most recently, brushed up on his genetic engineering skills to create the world’s first “living poem.” According to Macleans, the project, called Xenotext, is a “short stanza enciphered into a string of DNA and injected into an ‘unkillable’ bacterium, Bök’s poem is designed to trigger the micro-organism to create a corresponding protein that, when decoded, is a verse created by the organism.” So what’s wrong with writing poetry in your Moleskine, or on a coffee-stained paper napkin at a local open mic? Nothing, I guess. But it’s clearly not enough for Bök, and his imagination—”the biggest in the room” as he calls it—is inspired by less traditional sources (more Watson & Crick than a red wheelbarrow). “I am amazed that poets will continue to write about their divorces, even though there is currently a robot taking pictures of orange ethane lakes on Titan.” *** —Benjamin Samuel is co-editor of Electric Literature. He looks forward to the day when natural selection will be our first line of defense for bad poetry. You can find him here. 3 Responses “Zigeunerweisen” | CARLEA CASSYL January 17, 2013 […] poetry-producing microbe the Xenotext, in “The Xenotext: creating the poetry bug” [via the Outlet] Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like […] Reply Grosse semaine – 18 janvier 2013 « POÈME SALE January 18, 2013 […] _________ T’as écrit trois poèmes dans la même journée et tu fais ton frais? Christian Bök joue avec l’ADN d’une bactérie immortelle pour lui faire sécréter des … La poésie joue avec nos émotions. Il paraît que c’est même son rôle ! T’as […] Reply Everyone's a poet, including this microbe | The … – Electric Literature | ChristianBookBarn.com January 19, 2013 […] Article FROM http://electricliterature.com/2013/01/16/everyones-a-poet-including-this-microbe/ < Christian Bök is part poet, part mad scientist. He’s read the entirety of […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.