Survey Of Modern Poetry


Image book3.jpg
Description Most people you see carrying around books of poetry are either crazy people or pretentious students. This book definitely falls on the pretentious students' side of things.
Type Offhand
Use See below
Multi [This item cannot be multi-used.]
Effects +3 Will


Buy from the Student Selling Books choice encounter for 40 Credits


When equipped, prevents the Horrible Poet encounter from appearing.

When used, all of the following messages start with:

The author of this text has a very interesting definition of "modern." Most people would think "poetry written in the last few decades," but not this guy.

His definition seems to focus on strange "node poems." They're connected networks of words that create an infinite number of poems, for a very strict definition of "infinite" and a very loose definition of "poem."

And then, if none of the below apply:

You quickly tire of them and move on with your life.

Otherwise, if you have bad poetry equipped:

It seems like this is how all this poetry is generated. If you had it out for the guy, you could probably whip up something pretty mean between the book and his poetry.

Otherwise, if you have satirical poetry equipped:

It seems like this is how all this poetry is generated. You disassemble the textbook, putting the choicest sections among his gibberish.

With this, you'll know what this poetry would say before it's said.

(Silently turns the satirical poetry into programmatic poetry, destroys Survey of Modern Poetry)

Otherwise, if you have programmatic poetry equipped:

You doublecheck your work on the Quad artist's poetry. Yeah, you're pretty sure you got it.

Otherwise, if you have programmatic poetry or programmatic satire equipped, and you zinged the the Quad poet?:

You admire your work on the Quad artist's poetry. Yup, you totally got him.

Otherwise, if you have programmatic satire equipped, and orange juice sample the previous day (Only once per reset):

Huh, of course… you understand! Over the course of the next few minutes, you disassemble the poetry, arranging it perfectly into webs of loops.

They form a strange symmetry… it all seems to come together. It's no great revelation, unless staring directly into another person's mind is a great revelation… which you suppose it is.

It's like every whispered thought is captured in your web of words and ideas. It takes a while to pass through the web, but you eventually return to yourself, standing in the scattered paper shreds of your revelation.

You found: 2-3 piles of paper mache

You've earned 6 XP in Perception

You've earned 6 XP in Will

(Silently destroys the programmatic satire and unlocks the "Psychoanalyze Him" option in the Horrible Poet encounter)

With vicious poetry equipped:

Ironically, the changes you made to make this vicious poetry are actually taking it away from node poems and back towards being traditional art.

You're not quite sure how you feel about that.

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