Another interesting thing that came of my conversation with Harry Reese was my introduction to the mesostic poem. Reese’s work is influenced by composer John Cage’s invention of the mesostic poem, which is derived from a (series of) word(s) that constitute the spine of the poem, around which a poem is formed. Essentially these poems are like acrostics, except each line does not necessarily begin with the letter that is part of the spine. Someone with more coding experience than I has created an algorithm that generates mesostics: the mesostomatic! Below is my generated text, which I created by typing in The Pale King, leaving the site setting at CNN (which will make sense if you go to the site), stripping punctuation marks, and asking the program to write five iterations of the poem. It came out a little funky, and I left it as is for the purpose of posting here. Go make your own!