I was actually starting to have some confidence in the newest version of ChatGPT. I thought asking it to write a poem in the style of Markovian Parallax Denigrate, the gibberish-spewing Usenet mystery from the 1990s, would be a slam dunk, seeing as a previous chat revealed that ChatGPT knew exactly what the MPD was. Nothing doing. Every new chat is like starting from scratch.
Write a poem in the style of Markovian Parallax Denigrate.

In the haze of the night’s misty veil,
I find myself lost in a shifting trail.
The stars above, they twinkle and gleam,
But in my heart, I feel no dream.

The world around me seems to spin,
As if it’s caught in a cosmic din.
The trees, they sway in an eerie dance,
And I can’t tell if it’s happenstance.

The moon, it rises, a glowing orb,
But its light is dimmed by a shapeless horde.
A phantom fleet that haunts the sky,
A vision that I cannot deny.

In this realm of the surreal,
I question what is truly real.
Do I exist in this twisted land,
Or am I just a grain of sand?

The answer eludes me still,
As I wander through this hazy chill.
But one thing I know for sure,
My heart beats on, it will endure.

Do you know what “Markovian Parallax Denigrate” was?

Yes, “Markovian Parallax Denigrate” was a style of poetry created by the science fiction writer and poet, Thomas M. Disch. It is characterized by its use of obscure and scientific vocabulary, and by its disjointed, surreal imagery. The name “Markovian Parallax Denigrate” refers to a hypothetical astronomical phenomenon, which adds to the surreal and abstract nature of the style. The poems in this style often explore themes of alienation, uncertainty, and the unknown, and can be challenging to decipher, but also offer a unique and thought-provoking experience for the reader.