is an online literary journal for computational poetry and
literary art 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 associated with MIT or hosted on an MIT server, however.
The work in this issue is written in HTML5, using ES6. It has
been tested across platforms on current-generation browsers, but all of
the pieces included may not work on earlier browsers such
as Internet Explorer.
We encourage readers to view the source code (Ctrl/Command + U) in
order to read the artists’ statements as well as the code itself. Be
creative when exploring the pieces; some of them are interactive, which
you can discover through experimentation or by reading the source code.
We invite remixes of published Taper works in future issues.
Submissions for Issue #8
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. We plan for the information about each N+1th
issue to be included with the release of the Nth issue.
Taper #8 invites submissions in response to the theme “8-Bit
Nostalgia." The 8-bit era was characterized by remarkable creativity
in working with constraints, something Taper seeks to emulate. We seek works
inspired by 8-bit computing, music, games, graphic art, character sets as
well as the number of bits that constitute a byte and its multiple
representations. We also welcome submissions that address cultural
associations of the number 8, such as fortune in Chinese and other Asian
cultures, holiness in Japanese culture, and other religious associations.
Alternatively, works could address abstract aspects of the number eight,
such as its relations to geometrical figures (cubic vertices, octagons),
the symmetry of the number, how it becomes the symbol of infinity when
rotated, or its impact on poetic forms (octosyllabic lines, various kinds
of octameter, octets, octaves, etc).
- 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 code (in the form of ES6, CSS, and HTML) must be placed between
the template’s closing header tag (</header>) and the closing
body tag (</body>), must be valid HTML5, and must fit within
2KB (2048 bytes).
- Use the W3C validator
to validate the page after 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 to function without a
network connection, for instance in a gallery setting.
- Please refer to this About page for license
terms under which all poems have been and will be released; by
submitting to Taper #8, 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, this will be part of your submission.
Submissions for this issue will be accepted until April 1, 2022 at
11:59 PM AoE.
Taper #8 will be published in Spring 2022.
We invite submissions from those interested in participating at
email@example.com. Simply attach your work in one zip file
containing your HTML page files (up to five per author will be considered).
You should then receive an email acknowledging our receipt of your work
within a few days.
This page and the main page of Taper #7
offered under the
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 authors’
biographies, modify the open call for Taper #8
, 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.