“How does our algorithm work? It periodically checks the New York Times home page for newly published articles. Then it scans each sentence looking for potential haikus by using an electronic dictionary containing syllable counts. We started with a basic rhyming lexicon, but over time we’ve added syllable counts for words like “Rihanna” or “terroir” to keep pace with the broad vocabulary of The Times.” [More about timeshaiku]

Algorithmic serendipity, combing the everyday world for accidental poetry. An ancient Japanese form, ensconced in stark images of nature, culled from the digital jetsam of our era. 

“Sayle Gentle Pinnace”

Sayle gentle Pinnace Zepherus doth not faile
with prosperous gales, Saile Gentle Pinnace Sayle
Proud Neptune Stoops, and freely Condescends
For’s foremer Roughness, now to make amends;
Thetis with her green Mantle sweetly Glides
With smileing Dimples Singing by our Sides
Sayle Gentle Pinnace Zepherus does not faile
With Prosperous gales, Sayle Gentle Pinnace Sayle.
—John Saffin, ca. 1658