Sun-Down Again

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Last known photograph, n.d.

A
solitary
thrush loafs
about and abandons
its perch in search
of rail
yards and sky
scrapers. Ferry
rides trans
form virtual
tours, binary
code and telephone
towers. Pixilated
visions turn them
selves inside
out. O browning
grass in cosmic
lullabies!

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[edit] Explanatory Note

By appropriating the song-bird’s voice in "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," Walt Whitman uses poetry as a moment of subjective domination of the object, vis-à-vis man’s relation to the natural world.

The poets wrote many computer programs with Ruby that manipulate XML versions of Walt Whitman’s texts. The below program, for example, tokenizes a file containing a specific text:

doc = XML::Document.file(“WhitmanFile.xml”)
hash = Hash.new()
doc.find(‘//l’).each do |l|
          l.content.downcase.split(/[\W\s\d\n]+/].each do |word|
                    if hash.has_key?(word)
                              hash[word] += 1
                    else
                              hash[word] = 1
                    end
          end
end
hash.sort{|a,b| a[1] <=> b[1]}.each {x puts “#{x[0]} #{x[1]}”}

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