#!, Nick Montfort

#!

Nick Montfort

Publisher: Counterpath Press
PubDate: 4/16/2014
ISBN: 9781933996462
Binding: PAPERBACK
Price: $21.00
Quantity Available: 72
Pages: 152
SKU #: P09B
 

Poetry. Media Studies. #! (pronounced "shebang") consists of poetic texts that are presented alongside the short computer programs that generated them. The poems, in new and existing forms, are inquiries into the features that make poetry recognizable as such, into code and computation, into ellipsis, into ways of representing ?, and into the alphabet. Computer-generated poems have been composed by Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville, Alison Knowles and James Tenney, Hugh Kenner and Joseph P. O'Rourke, Charles O. Hartman, and others. The works in #! engage with this tradition of more than 50 years and with constrainted and conceptual writing. The book's source code is also offered as free software. All of the text-generating code is presented so that it, too, can be read; it is all also made freely available for use in anyone's future poetic projects.

Author City: CAMBRIDGE, MA USA

Nick Montfort's digital writing projects include Sea and Spar Between (with Stephanie Strickland) and The Deletionist (with Amaranth Borsuk and Jesper Juul). He developed the interactive fiction system Curveship and (with international collaborators) the large-scale story generation system Slant; was part of the group blog Grand Text Auto; wrote "Ream," a 500-page poem, on a single day; organized Mystery House Taken Over, a collaborative "occupation" of a classic game; wrote Implementation, a novel on stickers, with Scott Rettberg; and wrote and programmed the interactive fictions Winchester's Nightmare, Ad Verbum, and Book and Volume.

New Arrivals

Mothernism
Lise Haller Baggesen

All Talk
Rich Smith

Available Light
Phillip Gardner

That Our Eyes Be Rigged
Kristi Maxwell

Time Pieces
John Anson

Sin Is a Puppy That Follows You Home
Balaraba Ramat Yakubu