Below is a recording of a poem-sketch made using the MRC psycholinguistics database. You can just go ahead and listen to it, or read more about the process and background below.
The poem consists of sets of words produced from the database by varying the level of “imageability”, or how easy a word is to visualise. Joanette, Goulet and Iannequin illustrate this by asking us to think about the difference between the words “anger” and “antitoxin”; the former is abstract but easy to visualise, whereas the latter is concrete but hard to visualise.
I set the level of imageability to the highest level consistent with producing only one word. This was 660, on a scale which goes from 100 to 700, and it produced the word ‘BEACH’, repeated three times. I then decreased imageability in steps of 5, from 655 down to 630. With each of these seven iterations, the set of words available increased, and in this work-in-progress I simply read them out in alphabetical order.