is an online literary journal for computational poetry and
literary art, to be published twice yearly by Bad Quarto.
Each issue is edited by a collective. Contributions to the first issue
were not via an open call, but from people affiliated with The Trope Tank
at MIT, a laboratory directed by Bad Quarto proprietor Nick Montfort.
Taper is not officially assocated with MIT or hosted on an MIT
The work in this first issue is written in valid HTML5, using ES6. It has
been tested across platforms on current-generation browsers, but all of
the pieces included will not work, for instance, on earlier browsers such
as Internet Explorer.
Submissions for Issue #2
Anyone is welcome to submit for possible publication in future issues,
but please see the information about our reading periods and the specific
calls for each issue. We plan for the information about each N+1th issue
to be available in the Nth issue, just as the information about the second
issue is available here.
Taper #2: Poems of Two will be the next issue, exploring literary and numerical
themes of the number 2. Taper melds the literary traditions of the Oulipo
with the restrictions of computing systems to provide a fertile ground
for creativity. For this issue, we invite self-contained computational
pieces that explore "two" in diverse ways: e.g. mathematical expression
(doubles, halves), juxtaposition (pairs, inverses), and/or language constructions
(bigrams, digrams). Submissions should use or easily be placed in our template (seen in each of the pieces in Taper
#1), be valid HTML5, and include ES6 so that all parts of the page after
the header fit within, this time, a 2KB or 2048 byte constraint. (Taper #1 had a smaller 1KB limit.) Submissions should not use any
external libraries or APIs or link to any external resources, including fonts.
Refer to the about page in the first issue for license terms
under which all poems have been and will be released; by submitting to Taper
agree that, if we accept your work, we may release it, copyright by you,
under this same short all-permissive license. We invite submissions from
those interested in participating at firstname.lastname@example.org
by September 1, 2018. Simply attach your work in the
form of HTML files, and send up to five submissions.
The editorial collective of Taper #2:
Sebastian Bartlett, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Angela Chang, Kaelan Clare
Doyle Myerscough, Rachel Paige Thompson
Issue #1 Authors
This page and the main page of Taper #1 are offered under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
license so you can copy and share these two pages, and the whole issue,
without modifications. (These pages are mainly informational; We do not
want you to edit the author's biographies, modify the open call for Taper
#1, or change the way our authors and editors spell their names, for instance.)
is offered individually under a short all-permissive free software license
that appears in a comment at the top of each poem's source code. That means
you can use any or all of the poems however you like. You are free to study,
modify, and share these poems, use them as the basis for projects of your
own, and share your modified versions, among other things.