Code Poetry 1:1 at Stanford

Code Poetry 1:1 at Stanford

Stanford had another Code Poetry event, and I went this time. It was quite astonishing. Poets from all around the world, some in the room, and some participating via Google Hang Out. Surrogate performers for poets who couldn’t be present. Pink lipstick that glowed in the dark (you’ll have to read the article to figure out that one…).

I’m hoping to work together with Melissa Kagen, the Stanford student who is getting grants to put on these events, to sponsor one right here in Cupertino. Watch this space!

Code Poetry Slam at Stanford

Code Poetry Slam at Stanford

Of course, at the intersection of Silicon Valley and Poetry there will be magic. This is a great story. I am only sad I didn’t know ahead of time so I could have attended!!

Update (January 9,2014) For those who want more information, you can see examples of code poetry and a full description at this website.  Click on the Resources Tab.

And, for the most intrepid among you, read Meika’s blog post here about how to tell when what you’ve got is a code poem or not. Amazing. I can barely understand this, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. ¬†And there is even something being discussed here called Compositional Poetry. And here.

Compositional Poetry is a form of read-together poetry written in a number of voices and is performed much like a musical score, where the voices speak their lines according to their responsibilities, not in chorus, not in soliloquy, not taking turns, but all of these and none. Each voice is thus not a character as a role in a play or opera, though characters may appear of their own volition. Stories may emerge of their own inclination.

Some of these websites are delightful. Do not be afraid.