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A compilation of poetry written with code.


Code can speak literature, logic, maths. It contains different layers of abstraction and it links them to the physical world of processors and memory chips. All these resources can contribute in expanding the boundaries of contemporary poetry by using code as a new language. Code to speak about life or death, love or hate. Code meant to be read, not run.

In order to explore the potential of code to communicate at the level of poetry, a call for submissions was open between the February 22nd and May 31st of 2012. The rules for submitting code poems were simple: (1) the poem having a maximum size of 0,5 KB, and (2) it required to compile.

A total of 190 poems were submitted from 30 different countries. The code editors that collaborated on the project made the selection to be printed in this book, attempting to represent the variety and creativity of the submissions, as well as different approaches to code poetry.

The book was printed at Impremta Badia, a printer founded in 1888 in Barcelona.