Beautiful Haikus, Hidden in the New York Times

April 2, 2013 | Andy Cush

Times Haiku, an algorithm designed by the New York Times’s senior software architect, scans the day’s paper for any fragments of text that could be broken into a three-line, seventeen-syllable poem, then posts it to Tumblr. Brilliant!

Some highlights:

To many, the Mets

appear destined for a fifth

straight losing season.


His wife was his world

and his mother was his world

and his family.


As a leftover,

the soup was equally good

without the croutons.


Bowls haven’t changed in

any important way since

the Song dynasty.


Beautiful! Those last two are better than most poems by actual poets.