Man vs. Machine vs. Himself

I wrote this poem for a class on Conceptual Poetry with Professor Tim Wood back in 2014. Conceptual poetry, according to poets.org is “an early twenty-first century literary movement, self-described by its practitioners as an act of ‘uncreative writing’. In conceptual poetry, appropriation is often used as a means to create new work, focused more on the initial concept rather than the final product of the poem”.

The poem explores the interaction between humans and technology, between narcissism and health. The text for the poem was created by transcribing data of runs I went for, recorded by the Runtastic smartphone app, based on GPS data. The asterisk at the end of some of the stanzas signifies problems with GPS signal reception.

Man vs. Machine vs. Himself

March 28, 2014,10:29 am. 1.68 miles in 29 minutes and 49 seconds. Average pace 17 minutes and 43 seconds per mile. 298 Calories burnt.*

March 31, 2014, 12:58 pm. 0.00 miles in 00 minutes and 15 seconds. Average pace 00 minutes and 00 seconds per mile. 0 Calories burnt.*

March 31, 2014, 1:01 pm. 3.23 miles in 29 minutes and 32 seconds. Average pace 9 minutes and 08 seconds per mile. 390 Calories burnt.

April  10, 2014, 1:39 pm. 7.57 miles in 1 hour 09 minutes and 12 seconds.  Average pace 9 minutes and 08 seconds per mile. 913 Calories burnt.

April 13, 2014, 10:09 am. 2.87 miles in 29 minutes and 51seconds. Average pace 10 minutes and 24 seconds per mile. 336 Calories burnt.

April 16, 2014, 7:08 pm. 6.34 miles in 51 minutes and 33 seconds. Average pace 8 minutes and 07 seconds per mile. 703 Calories burnt.

April 26, 2014, 08:11 am. 2.90 miles in 34 minutes and 02 seconds. Average pace 11 minutes and 42 seconds per mile. 358 Calories burnt.

May 08, 2014, 1:15 pm. 5.01 miles in 41 minutes and 17 seconds. Average pace 8 minutes and 14 seconds per mile. 556 Calories burnt.

May 16, 2014, 11:33 am.  0.0 miles in 38 minutes and 26 seconds. Average pace 00 minutes and 00 seconds per mile. 0 Calories burnt.*

May 19, 2014, 1:03 pm. 0.61 miles in 37 minutes and 29 seconds. Average pace 61 minutes and 37 seconds per mile. 349 Calories burnt.*

May 26, 2014, 10:46 am. 6.27 miles in 53 minutes and 01 second. Average pace 8 minutes and 27 seconds per mile. 697 Calories burnt.

May 29, 2014 09:14 am. 6.28 miles in 52 minutes 33 seconds. Average pace 8 minutes and 22 seconds per mile. 697 Calories burnt.

June 13, 2014, 11:07 am. 4.49 miles in 40 minutes 00 seconds. Average pace 8 minutes and 54 seconds per mile. 503 Calories burnt.

 

Total: 47.26 miles in 7 hours 48 minutes and 18 seconds within 77 days. 5800 Calories burnt.

 

© Daniel Oesterle 2014/2016

 

 

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