Let your fingers do the walking and put a little poetry into your life.

John Giorno’s Dial-A-Poem from 1970 is now online at the MoMA website.

Among the first telephonic artworks, Dial-a-Poem allowed the public to access an archive of recordings of work by contemporary poets; by calling a local telephone number, participants could hear a well-known poet like John Ashbery or Allen Ginsberg recite a short poem selected at random by a primitive answering machine system.