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The wonder that is spam poetry

Recently I came across a report by AFP that suggested Spam has almost become poetry. It rekindled my interest in the subject, writes Sanjay Trehan.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2004 02:04 IST

Recently I came across a report by AFP that suggested Spam has almost become poetry. It rekindled my interest in the subject and I decided to check out some websites dedicated to the fine art of writing poetry from irritating spam.

Punch in www.sperare.com and take a look at the spam poetry created by Kristin Thomas who writes using only the subject lines from the hundreds of pieces of spam he gets every day.

Savour this:
Maggie - this is what your friends
don't want you to know!
It’s Christmas time
Someone wants to date you
But you know
You need to lose that weight, girl

It’s another thing that Maggie is his dog!

David Gordon at www.spiritsound.com is another such versatile creator.

Here’s a nugget he wove:
What's the first thing
a sorority girl does in the morning?
Feel Younger!

As we all know, spammers quite often include phrases or sentences in order to circumvent the various spam blocker filters used by net savvy people. New York based writer Clive Thompson, who writes authoritatively on Internet trends at www.collisiondetection.net, validates my suspicion that some of these inserted words are taken from famous classic novels. Says Clive: “Some spammers are stripping passages out of novels—traditional literature, bodice-rippers, websites with stories on them—and automatically remixing it as spam text.”

Darren Barefoot (www.darrenbarefoot.com) is a technical writer who likes `found poetry’ and says that, “It's the only kind of poetry I wr...assemble. Just because it's fun.” He created the following from the titles of emails in his spam folder:

why haven't you ever hit it big
mean mom
this is what you need
this is what you need
this is what you need
be more fullfilled
see my newest movie
become an addict
shine a light on your emergency
and make women scream!

So, folks, next time you receive that ubiquitous mail about Viagra, penis enlargement, weight loss, book promotion or easy credit, don’t just rush for the delete button. Read in between the lines and you may discover poetry, even the subtle, surreal Haiku.

Celebrating the spirit, lemme leave you with this gem:
Why worry?
I know all about you

Carry on surfing!