Every location on earth is identified by a combination of two numbers. Centred on Greenwich, in England. This coordinate system divides the world up in 'latitudes' and 'longitudes' and a combination of the two defines a unique point on the globe.
Two long strings of numbers are not always easy to remember, so What3Words came up with the idea to assign a unique combination of three words to roughly every 3x3 meter area around the globe. As with latitude and longitude, each combination of three words uniquely identifies a point on the globe. Therefore, if you move around, you are actually moving through locations with their own unique combination of words. The perfect starting point for a fine poem.
How to make a Dadaist poem was once famously described by Tristan Tzara, one of the founders of the Dada movement, as taking a pair of scissors, cutting up a newspaper article, and then putting the random words back together.
When creating poetry, Sauntering verse does this in a true Dadaist spirit, creating interpretations that are unique to your location and never the same.
Keep in mind that, to create a poem, you need to allow us to obtain your physical location, while more diverse poetry is created if you actually go for a walk.
Sauntering verse is powered by some magic, human-readable location encoding from what3words, weather forecasts from Forecast, satellite imagery from MapQuest, reverse geolocation from Google, pretty pictures from Flickr, with a heavy slant towards artwork by Marc-Anthony Macon.
All poetry created using Sauntering verse is released under a CC-A-SA 4.0 International License.
We're pretty stoked when you create some funky Dadaist poetry using Sauntering verse.
We're stoked-er if you feel like buying us a coffee (2.50 euro) or a beer (3.50 euro). These are PayPal.me links.
We would be even stoked-er-er if you're interested in sponsoring Sauntering verse to expand into other languages. Our Dadaist poetry is created based on words provided through the service what3words, and their location service is also available in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish and Russian. So, with a bit of work and some financial aid, Sauntering verse could be producing Dadaist poetry in any of these languages.