is an online literary journal for computational poetry and
literary art, in general published twice yearly by
Each issue is edited by a collective. Editing and production is done
in coordination with The Trope Tank at MIT, a laboratory directed by Bad
Quarto proprietor and publisher Nick Montfort. Taper is not
officially assocated with MIT or hosted on an MIT server, however.
In this issue, the core part of each poem — the HTML on the page after
the header — is limited to a tiny 2KB, 2048 ASCII characters. The work in
this third issue is written in HTML5, using ES6. It has been tested across
platforms on current-generation browsers, but the pieces included here
will not all work on legacy browsers such as Internet Explorer. Recent
versions of Chrome or Firefox are strongly recommended.
Submissions for Issue #5
All are 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. Read previous issues of Taper to understand the unusual sorts of projects we invite.
The call for work for each N+1th issue is issued when the Nth issue is released.
Taper #5: Pent Up invites submissions in response to the following themes: Amidst global “social distancing,” we seek submissions that reflect upon or chafe against our confines — or that make it easier to pass the time, reach out to others, or thrive while limited to only “virtual” society. We also invite works that take this opportunity to say what they’ve never felt free to say, that emerge from hibernation and chrysalides, that are combustible or spring-loaded, that teem with artificial life. Alternatively, and in the minimalistic spirit of Taper, works could embrace compression, austerity, and secrecy. In the phrase Pent Up, we also hear the (false) etymology of the number five (pentagons, pentameters), and so this fifth issue encourages pieces that reflect on this number’s significances and shapes.
- Download our template in a zipfile so that you can edit it. After you have it and have unzipped it, edit only two parts of the file: The long comment at the top, which will hold your title, your name, and a creative statement from you, and the very end of the file, where your tiny computational poem is to be placed.
- All of your code (in the form of ES6, CSS, and HTML) must must fit within 2KB (2048 bytes) and be placed between the template’s closing header tag (</header>) and the closing body tag (</body>). The whole page must be valid HTML5 when you finish.
- Submissions should not use any external libraries or APIs, nor link to any external resources, including fonts. This is so that pages will be self-contained following Taper’s vision. It also has the practical purpose of allowing all of Taper work without a network connection, for instance on a stand-alone computer in a gallery.
- Please refer to this About page for license terms under which all poems have been and will be released; by submitting to Taper #5, you agree that, if we accept your work, we may release it, copyright by you, under this same short all-permissive license. Since you are submitting the work to us in the provided template, licensing your work in this way will be part of your submission.
Submissions will be accepted beginning as soon as Taper #4 is published through July 31, 2020. (Anywhere on Earth, or time zone UTC-12:00.) Taper #5 will be published in Fall 2020.
Editorial Collective for #5
The collective for Taper #5 consists of Angela Chang, Kyle Booten,
Judy Heflin, Leonardo Flores, and Milton Läufer.
We invite submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply attach your work in one zip file containing your HTML pages (up to five per author will be considered).
This page and the main page of Taper #4
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
, or change the way our authors and editors spell their names, for
instance.) Each poem
is offered individually under a
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.