Chris Arnold & David Wright
xtine burrough
A. Dorsk
Gustavo Gomez-Mejia
Rory Green
Naoto Hieda
Michael Hurtado
Jim Kang
Brian Kelly and Deena Larsen
Will Luers
Vi Meyer
Jason Nelson
Sînziana Păltineanu
Aleyshka Estevez Quintana
Agustin Santa Rosa
Daniel Temkin
Lee Tusman
Ted Warnell
Mark Wolff
Kathy Wu
Brion Gysin let the mice in; Taper #6 lets the dice out. This issue offers 26 computational poems engaging with chance and the number six, many of which pay tribute to Un coup de dés.
Experience flurries of language formed from Mallarmé’s words and Taper titles. “Play” a slots-like system for endlessly generating haiku, a craps-like gamble that drives toward an end, the changing combination of disparate quotations, and a subtle game of timing and connection. Produce some instructions for yourself, oblique and rotating ones as well as some providing guidance on how to offer aid. Draw your own poems of rectilinear and resizing French or curving and shaped English.
Several poems eschew legible language to present planes of color from a single blurred glyph, to build architectural and evolving block structures, and to offer a set of six generative sketches. Read animated, textual, genetic interactions and a dialog about what the ‘die’ might have been. See overtly deterministic dice roll, choose the one poem the menu has to offer, and watch psuedorandomness surface through the waves.
Fire up a generator of brilliant, named skies and a metamachine for future-making. And regarding futures, you can also start assembling radical imaginations of them. View what seems an unnervingly patriotic game show and stumble, mousing along, through scattered phrases from an insurrection. Produce lines that investigate the six-foot distance along with horoscopes that are alphabetic and symbolic and a deconstructed cube of language.
Each of the poems in Taper #6 is licensed as free software for you to use, study, modify, and share however you like.