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Sam Riviere


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Faber & Faber
6 June 2024
ISBN: 9780571380985
56 pages

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An electrifying and original sequence of poems, using AI as a creative resource.

Sam Riviere is a past master of taking and exploiting 'found' content and process and transforming it into poetry that captivates and unsettles. Here, he harnesses anxiety about AI only to exploit it for his own extraordinary ends. In this case, Generative Pre-trained Transformer 2 (GPT-2), an open source neural network , is used to produce poems that, stripped of the usual authorial clutter, find themselves nonetheless cohering around a voice that speaks of the uncertainties, fears and desires of a world that is desperately, poignantly and recognisably human.