is an online literary journal for computational poetry and
literary art published twice yearly by Bad Quarto
Each issue is edited by a collective. The journal originated in
association with the MIT Trope Tank, a laboratory/studio directed by
Bad Quarto proprietor and publisher Nick Montfort. Taper
officially associated with MIT or hosted on an MIT server.
The work in this eighth 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)
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 #9
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 #9 invites submissions in response to the theme
“Nine Lives.” We seek works that address cultural
associations of the number 9, such as a cat’s nine lives, the nine
muses in Greek Mythology, Dante’s nine circles of Hell, and nine as
an auspicious number in Chinese culture. Alternatively, works
could address abstract aspects of the number nine, such as its
relations to geometrical figures (nonagons), the symmetry of the
number, how it behaves mathematically, or its impact on poetic forms
(e.g., the nonet).
- Download our template in a zipfile so
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 if you wish a creative
statement) 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
pages will be self-contained following Taper’s vision.
It also has the practical purpose of allowing all of Taper
to work without a network connection, for instance 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 #9, 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 Sept 1, 2022
at 11:59 PM AoE. Taper #9 will be published in Fall 2022.
There will be no deadline extensions.
We invite submissions from those interested in participating at
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 #8
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 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.