I created a poem from my journal entries with Python and Markov chains in a Jupyter Notebook. For the predictive text piece, I transcribed my journal entries around my birthday for the following ages: 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, and 23. In the output, the majority of the lines are altered or entirely new.

In my birthday journal entries, I’m highly self-reflective. The piece centers on slipping into a new age. I chose the word “slipping” because we do not choose to grow older, we fall into the number. The diction attains a high level of movement. Additionally, I write in my journal to acquire balance. Yet I am always falling into a new situation.

After generating my output, I I desired to replace the lines with actual images from my entries. I realized that between ages 15 to 23, my handwriting becomes more mature. I showcase my growth. Additionally, I validate my entries and create a stronger connection with my reader.