Predictive Text Poetry Project

Right now, we are all using social media on our phones more than usual. The constantly updating custom dictionary of your phone’s predictive text reflects the conversations you, personally, have been having via text, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and whatever other phone apps you might have used recently.

In this way, I believe that predictive text can provide a powerful insight into the collective consciousness of the present moment. It’s this that I want to tap into, and make poetry from.
For that, I need your help.

Here’s what you can do…

Make sure you have this page open on your phone. Fill in the form with your name and email , or submit anonymously, it’s up to you. In the message box, type out the prompt. This is your starting phrase to add to.

The current prompt is: “The days are shorter now”…

Your phone should now present you with 3 words to choose between at the top of your keyboard. This is your predictive text. Select from these 3 words and then keep selecting until you reach the end of a phrase, or until you have around 25 words, then hit submit.

Over the next few days I will collate the submissions, make a selection, and craft a poem which will then be posted below on this page.


What Happens Now?

From the prompt: “What happens now…” With thanks to: Zoë Wells ∙ Bella Doyle ∙ Amelia Rice ∙ Charles Brewer ∙ Alex Scott ∙ Michael Francis ∙ Julian Kashdan-Brown ∙ Ariane Hunter-Wade ∙ Katie James ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Lucinda Roberts ∙ Sarah Mann ∙ Adrienne Maginness…

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There’s No Such Thing As

From the prompt: “There’s no such thing as…” With thanks to: Anonymous ∙ Emma Victoria Ferguson ∙ Julian Kashdan-Brown ∙ Dione Orrom ∙ Lucinda Roberts ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Sara Murray ∙ @poetryof_loren ∙ Ariane Hunter-Wade ∙ Alex Scott ∙ Amelia Duffield ∙ Willow Orton ∙ Reuben Cox ∙ Cat Martin ∙ Amy Hodkin ∙ Bella Doyle ∙ Zoë Wells ∙ Kate Brown ∙ Amelia Rice…

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Don’t Be Afraid

From the prompt: “Don’t be afraid of…” With thanks to: Joel Russell ∙ Zoe MacPherson ∙ Lottie Seymour ∙ Alex Scott ∙ Ben Tye ∙ Julian Kashdan-Brown ∙ Michael Francis ∙ Catherine Light ∙ Katie James ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Jonathan Mann ∙ Amy Hodkin ∙ @poetryof_loren ∙ Anja Črnivec…

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Climate Change Is

From the prompt: “Climate Change Is…” With thanks to: Amy Hodkin ∙ Leon Kashdan-Brown ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Olivia Spalter ∙ Sara Murray ∙ Zoë MacPherson ∙ Charles Brewer ∙ Anja Črnivec ∙ Zoë Wells ∙ Amelia Rice ∙ Jonathan Mann ∙ Catherine Light ∙ Anna Wolf ∙ Owen Haywood ∙ Dila …

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Now is the Time

From the prompt: “It feels like…” With thanks to: Ariane Hunter-Wade ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Zoë Wells ∙ David Hunter-Wade ∙ Helen Francis ∙ Raffaela Martuccio ∙ Maurice Samely ∙ Hannah Louise Murray ∙ Ioana Traistaru ∙ Amy Hodkin ∙ Wendy Bibby ∙ Jacq Bridge ∙ Casper Burton ∙ Hannah Davenport ∙ Julian Kashdan-Brown ∙ Sara Murray …

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From the prompt: “Peace is…” With thanks to: Tilly Street ∙ Robbie ∙ Catherine Light ∙ Ariane Hunter-Wade ∙ Aidan ∙ @nottmeg ∙ Jess Stiles ∙ Zoë Wells ∙ Jonathan Mann ∙ @siennafullerr ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Olivia Macioti ∙ @kitkat_kiw ∙ @poppy.ellanewton ∙ @india.mallorie ∙ @emily.parker.55 ∙ Hamidah Duffus ∙ Zoë MacPherson ∙ Bex Arthur ∙ @fd3bagota …

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We Are Here To Help

From the prompt: “We are here…” At the end of the day, we have to be here to helpWe can have some good fun, our family together in the woodsTalk about it for a few days, analysing what the world needsAnd what the government is doingOr not doingTo find out what the best way is … Continue reading We Are Here To Help


From the prompt: “Today I’m drawing energy from…” With thanks to: Anonymous ∙ Julian Kashdan-Brown ∙ Catherine Light ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Lucinda Roberts ∙ Alex Scott ∙ Ariane Hunter-Wade ∙ Shelley Hope ∙ Willow Orton ∙ Amy Hodkin ∙ Ryan Carraro ∙ Dione Orrom ∙ Anthony Burt ∙ Joel Russell ∙ Leon Kashdan-Brown ∙ Lauren … Continue reading Returning

A Love Letter To Walking

From the prompt: “When I’m out walking…” With thanks to: Amelia Rice ∙ Ben Tye ∙ Leon Kashdan-Brown ∙ Zoë MacPherson ∙ Catherine Light ∙ James Chadwick ∙ Kate Brown ∙ Vani ∙ David Hunter-Wade ∙ Rachel Pryor ∙ Raffaela Martuccio ∙ Amy Hodkin ∙ Dan Walker ∙ Dione Orrom ∙ Willow Orton ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown … Continue reading A Love Letter To Walking

Going Forward: A Suggestion

From the prompt: “Perhaps the world needs…” With thanks to: Anonymous ∙ Ariane Hunter-Wade ∙ Jane Kibblewhite ∙ Sara Murray ∙ Hannah Davenport ∙ Darren Stronach ∙ Lucinda Roberts ∙ Catherine Light ∙ Dove Cooper ∙ Jennifer Taylor ∙ Dom Kippin ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Kate Brown ∙ Nick Levitt ∙ Anna Fiteni ∙ Callum … Continue reading Going Forward: A Suggestion

The Story of a Tree

From the prompt: “The tree is…” With thanks to:Lucinda Roberts ∙ Anthony Burt ∙ Zoë Wells ∙ Penelope Kease ∙ Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Jess ∙ Sophia Akhtar ∙ Holly Burrows ∙ Blythe Germ ∙ Dec Price ∙ Jonathan Mann ∙ Owen Haywood ∙ Jonathan Goh ∙ Catherine Light ∙ Iona ∙ Yasmin Norvill ∙ Anonymous … Continue reading The Story of a Tree

A Diary of Isolation

From the prompt: “Today I’ve been…” With thanks to: Julia Kashdan-Brown ∙ Immy Reynolds ∙ James Chadwick ∙ Rob Cooke ∙ Sue Wells ∙ Michael Francis ∙ Sam O’Connor ∙ Kayla ∙ Anna Wolf ∙ Ryan Carraro ∙ Kathryn Llewellyn ∙ Steffy Clements ∙ Katy Baldock ∙ Anthony Burt ∙ Simon Huthwaite ∙ A. J. … Continue reading A Diary of Isolation

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