Alan Harnum

Issue 17


God is like day trading by
the water’s edge, snowblind.

God is like the crocodile
bird, retiring on a low income
far from home.

Maker, an enduring wilderness
damages; maker, one of us is lying.


Source & Method

There’s a website ( that monitors a live feed of anonymous library catalogue searches, running them through voice synthesis. I listen, select phrases from the feed, and assemble them into poems. All words/spelling preserved, but I may repunctuate; each poem is from one “listening session”.

Alan Harnum is a writer and software developer in Toronto, Canada. He has been previously published in Issue 5 of Unlost.

Photo by David Clarke