Darwin’s Dilemma & Darwin’s Binary

Darwin’s Dilemma

When I came at the edge of the desert I saw a flying panda.
You told me that panda’s don’t live in the desert.
It was as if you had seen a panda with wings before.



Darwin’s Binary

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Both of these poems are actually the same! The first one was written using a “fill-in-the-blanks” template given to us in class. So I filled the blanks in. With a flying panda living in the desert. It is a short, compact, and funny prose poem. Darwin’s Binary, however, is an experimental poem consisting of binary numbers. It is, essentially, Darwin’s Dilemma written for a computer. I was inspired by Bernstein’s “Lift Off” and wanted to do something similar. Then I go the absurd idea to make a binary poem!  Beautiful to look at – quite difficult and annoying to read out loud – but please, give it a try!



– F H Hakansson

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