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Channel William Shatner with new 'Shatoetry' spoken word app

It's like Magnetic Poetry, but with words recorded by Captain Kirk. Users of the iPhone app can also program in pauses and control the level of intensity of various words.


iPhone users can now make William Shatneresque poetry, filled with his dramatic pauses and unique inflections, thanks to an app released today.

Called Shatoetry, the app lets users choose from a library of prerecorded words to create what Shatner -- or his marketing people -- has branded "Shatisms," phrases played out in Shatner's voice. It's like making poetry with refrigerator magnets, but with the "Star Trek" icon and Priceline.com spokesman guiding your artistry.

"People all over the world have been listening to my voice for so long, but they've only ever heard what I wanted to say," Shatner said in a press release. "I wanted to give people a means to express their thoughts and ideas, using my voice. It's a fun, creative app that I am certain people will enjoy."

Users can choose the words, the level of drama in Shatner's delivery, and the amount of pauses within the sentence. Once you've decided your masterpiece is complete, you simply hit the "Shat that!" button to hear the spoken word piece.

You can even co-create these Shatisms with other users (Shatner calls these poetic fans "Shatoetists") by collaborating in the app and online. And, of course, you'll be able to share your finished products on your social networks.

The release also hints at more fun features to come, with promises of new word packs for holidays and special occasions, as well as special guest stars and performances. Maybe Shatner will delight fans by bringing in former "Star Trek" co-stars like Leonard Nimov or the social-media savvy George Takei. One can only hope.

The app, created by Blindlight Apps, costs $2.99 in Apple's App Store.