National Poetry Month 2023 comes to a close today. I had big plans for this month and not all of them came to fruition, but I am very happy with how my Midjourney experiment went. Every day in April I wrote a line of a poem, ran it through Midjourney and posted one of the illustrations with the line on my Instagram. You can see the whole rough draft here.

I didn’t know how this would go. Halfway through the month I was bored with the whole thing, but I am glad I stuck it out. In the video I have edited the poem, so you can actually go see the original and compare how I’ve changed it. I’ve also made a few changes to the art in the video, but they are all the images the AI created for my line.

I really liked doing this, and I think I’ll try it again for another month, but this time I’ll share on Twitter. Watch the Twitter poem unfold here.

What are your thoughts?

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She shares a weekly calendar of author opportunities at

3 thoughts on ““Amid the Journey,” AI Poetry Experiment Finished”
  1. Some truly excellent visions and accompanying lines! I say bravo, do it again. It might serve as an exercise — once you have the image, write to the profound (if it so moves you) without cliche or maudlin notes. The less experienced writer might fall for the latter, so it’s a good exercise to check yourself.

    Also do one that isn’t meant to be profound? How about that!

  2. That was an interesting experiment. I wonder if it’s too many images or if the range holds people’s attentions. Thematically, most of the images held together though the pressed grapes, and the grandad with mesh beard stuck out as did a few others. Some were very literal, others more cosmic. I think without the background music it might not have meshed as well. I enjoyed it. 😀

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