April 6, 2006

Notes on Ream

by Nick Montfort · , 10:00 pm

I write a lot of things intended for the computer. I decided, for a change, to write a poem that was fit for print and paper. Here are a few notes about the project:

  1. Ream is a 500 page poem.
  2. The writing of Ream was entirely imagined and executed on one day: April 5, 2006.
  3. On each page of Ream a single, one-syllable word appears, centered, in ordinary, 14-point type.
  4. Page numbers do not appear on any of the pages and are unnecessary, since the words are in alphabetical order.
  5. Pages 1-51 recapitulate Poe’s “The Raven.”
  6. The sexy part starts shortly after page 230.
  7. Ream can be read aloud in 12 minutes.