#11 : Parallels
No Parallel Maker
11 x 11 semioscape
anna y lin
Mark C. Marino
Carlota Salvador Megias
This Bird Has Flown
Helen Shewolfe Tseng
Going the Distance
beauty and grace
Click To Confirm
David Thomas Henry Wright
While we hope each issue of
is unparalleled, this one calls attention to parallels, so note that from the beginning, every selection has been computational, offered to you as free software, and brought to you by a collective. In this issue, our authors have represented
a rain of the same word
a hail of different phrases,
quite appropriate as each falls from the sky at the same angle. The reduplication of a
“One” in a film title
are starting points for other work. Some things are parallel and some askew in two multilingual works, one with
an anxious, monochrome grid,
the other with
zooming, colorful, underlined phrases.
There are generated texts that include
serious conversation with one’s self,
distracted, emotional dialogue
and writers’ room musings about
(banal) movie ideas.
In some of the more spare, and stunning, works,
experience a gradient ascent
find what’s parallel in the two digits
of this issue number. Text is produced
in a Pong-like stadium
and on the road, as if
racing through a motorcycle game.
Two towers of hopeful text
rise while writing takes its place elsewhere in other pieces:
in side-by-side paragraphs
that assemble themselves surprisingly and in
a heap of French headlines.
Some of the more representational images here are of a
reflected (and reflective) city,
incense you can use
to offer up your words, and a
One scroller here is
finite and presents a lateral text-machine,
while the other
goes on and on, taxing laboring fingers.
One contributor has given us two takes on the café wall illusion,
one with parallel texts
that can be revealed, the other
using dynamic pairs of characters.
The individual symbols here range greatly in their complexity and accessibility, too, from
musical, expressive emoji
that you can move to an
interactive worksheet of characters,
each one conflating the Chinese writing system and the Latin alphabet.
Each of the poems in
#11 is licensed as
free software for you to use, study, modify, and share
however you like.