by Jem Croucher


Outside Kings Cross station
In London North West One
there’s an interactive poetry wall
that’s intuitive and fun
Encouraging interaction from
a transient populous
It’s a wonderful invention
which I think is marvellous

Passers-by speak a few words
in red microphones place there
For each to then be randomised
in poems they can share
I added a few words of course
and then waited there to see
them digitised up on the wall
right there in front of me

The ‘Poetrics’ interactive art installation by Google has been placed around the development site of Google’s new Kings Cross offices. Made up of 17 LED panels that display the words left by passers-by, the wall uses Google’s voice search technology and GoogleSpeak to figure out what the public have offered and then displays it as a freshly created random poem for all to see.

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