Unfortunately I need to quote myself again and again: Every time I figured I had been very original and creative, The Internet tells me I am not. Others have come before me. I am a lousy historian of geeky art.
I have been made aware on Google+ of the fact that there have been other spam poets, having created #spampoems more than 10 years ago. At least I have proved all experts wrong who say G+ is a boring ghost town.
So my previous article was not at all the ‘definitive history’. Here it is:
… which also has an impressive list of links. BBC has reported on this in 2003:
Some have composed poems using the subject lines of the spam they receive; others are creating verse using the strings of strange words that are often found inside spam messages. A lucky few have even found excerpts of novels buried in spam.
Even haikus are mentioned in the Wikipedia article – so I need to ping back once more to the alleged first haiku poet.
The entry does not meet Wikipedia’s guidelines, the sources are obviously considered not reliable enough. Are all the articles fakes perhaps?
Above all, this is about spam poetry only. There is still hope that I might have founded search term poetry? I don’t dare to do more research!
Seasoned spam poets and search term poets – please bring any other omission to my attention! I will repent in public!