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photograph of Marcel Duchamp playing chess. Shot from below a clear glass chess table.

Chess Poetry


Aaron Tucker and Jody Miller

The ChessBard takes the algebraic notation for a chess game in .PGN format (digital file format for archived chess games) and outputs two poems, one for the black pieces, one for the white pieces. Visitors to the site can translate old games ( or play against the ChessBard and generate new poems in real time ( As well, there are regular creative responses to the projects from a variety of players, poets, programmers, scholars etc that promises to keep the site an ongoing communal space of discussion (

See in particular Gary Barwin's response to the site here.


visit the chess poetry website