For the A conversation with, I would like to send you Schema, 1966 by Dan Graham which was originally published in 1967 in Aspen magazine (no. 5+6). In this work, Graham proposed a poemgenerator, a “schema’ for composing a poem the specific form of which is determined by each editor (or viewerreader) every time it is published.
Tina Pandi
POEM, MARCH 1966 / DAN GRAHAM
Tina Pandi
POEM, MARCH 1966 / DAN GRAHAM
Schema for a set of poems whose component pages are specifically published as individual poems in various magazines. Each poempage is to be set in its final form by the editor of the publication where it is to appear, the exact data in each particular instance to correspond to the fact(s) of its published appearance.
1 Using any arbitrary schematic (such as the example published here) produces a large, finite permutation of specific, discrete poems.
2 If a given variantpoem is attempted to be set up by the editor following the logic stepbystep (linearly), it would be found impossible to compose a completed version of the poem as each of the component lines of exact data requiring completion (in terms of specific numbers and percentages) would be contingently determined by every other number and percentage which itself in turn would be determined by the other numbers or percentages, ad infinitum.
3 It would be possible to ‘compose’ the entire set of permutationally possible poems and to select the applicable variant(s) with the aid of a computer which could ‘see’ the ensemble instantly.

SCHEMA


(number of)
(number of) (percentage of) (percentage of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (perimeter of) (weight of) (type) (thinness of of) (number of) (number of) (number of point) (name of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) (number of) 
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POEM


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7 35.52% 64.48% 1 1 0 mms. 0 0 247 28 6 51 29 6 8″ x 8″ 80 lb. dull coated .007″ 3 0 10 Universe 55 61 3 0 58 61 
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Original format: Single sheet, 16 by 8 inches, folded to make four pages.
