gamesofchance

Permutations and Combinations

Permutations and Combinations (extract)

Our interest lying in combinations

selections where order does not count,

where it is irrelevant

which poet mounts the podium first

or which student raises his or her hand,

which word follows another

as long as someone understands

that they exist.

* * *

Question

how many words of eight

letters can you compose

from a standard alphabet

of twenty-six ?

* * *

Witness:

Burroughs with his cut-up technique.

Words strung up

like thin white lines of powder

blown into a mist

reaching an outer stratosphere of thought.

A world where nothing is

as it is ought to be.

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