4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
#! (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, 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 constrained and conceptual writing.
#! is also unusual, if not unique, in that it cannot be searched for by title on Amazon, because the title has no words, numbers, or even letters. Interested readers are encouraged to purchase the book from independent bookstores.
Nick Montfort, author of #!, will read from book, present the programs and poems, and discuss the project.