Francesco Aprile, Code Poems 2010-2019, Post-Asemic Press, 2020


Introduction by Volodymyr Bilyk

Never underestimate the grind of technological progress. You never know what is coming, but you will be crushed by sheer laws-of-physics-defying weight of the surprise. That’s the thing you need to be aware of upon reading this book. One of the benefits of writing poetry is that you don’t really need to write what is generally considered to be poetry. In one way or another, you need to explore and apply aesthetic qualities and features of languages and use whatever tools that can help with accomplishing that task. From this perspective – computer code is pretty much a perfect medium for making poetry. You don’t need to do anything else and if everything comes together just right – poetry happens. Just like a swiss army knife poetry can transform code in a way that moves deeply into territory of unknown. Code poetry is a leap beyond. Paul N. Edwards wrote “computers are language machines”, except their understanding of language is more practical. Code is utilitarian, functional, it has a definite purpose. It makes sense. But when code is applied not as a functional element but as a thing-in-itself – it moves above and beyond. The result is something different, something that resembles regular code but is fundamentally different in its modus operandi. In a way, code poetry creates a paradox – it is a poem written in programming language that operates beyond the programming language’s function and designed for outsider’s perspective. That kind of beyond is within the reaches of the human mind but you have accepted it for what it is. In the human mind, code poetry is like desolate remains of borderline unknown, misinterpreted or semi-studied civilizations. The only thing you are left with are speculations and ruminations. As such, you need to go into this book open-minded. Let it do its job and make you surprised.


This book is a collection of “Code poems” that the author wrote between 2010 and 2019. He used different languages: pseudocode, Html with Javascript, Css, Php and Laravel, found code, command-line executions and git, errors log from Katalon, Mvn and Katalium. The recent history of writing provides a large part of the context for the reception of the information technology in literature. After a high school diploma about information technology, the author studied Science of Philosophy. During degree course, he matured the idea to work on relations between code and poetry. His first research in this field takes the name of “Poetic algorithm” (2010). With his first poetic algorithm, written in pseudocode, he won in 2016 the Source Code Poetry Challenge in “Most artistic” category. Code poems are cracks in the technical workflow, a poetic manumission in a language that is stranger for the poetry. Codes reveal the differential state of themselves as writing and poem, but these are always codes.

SALLL project, collaborative film and soundtrack edited by Hal McGee for Electronic Cottage – July 2020

sounds and looks like life director’s remix — a new 154-minute alternative audio mix — — audio files and sounds from video clips by the Sounds and Looks Like Life project participants were re-mixed by Hal McGee, employing random chance automatistic procedures in an audio folk art assemblage consisting of sounds of daily life recorded during the month of June 2020.

Sounds and Looks Like Life project participants are:
{AN} EeL (Canada), Aaron Abrams, Al Margolis, Andrew Dalio, Anton Mobin (France), Austin Rich, Bert Vanden Berghe (The Netherlands), Bill Northcott (Canada), Bret Hart, Charles Rice Goff III, Charlie Kramer, Chris Phinney, Colette Parisa, Crank Sturgeon, D. Petri, David Nadeau (Canada), Dylan Houser, Francesco Aprile (Italy), Hal Harmon, Hal McGee, Harold Schellinx (France), Jay Peele, Jeremiah Paddock, Joey Patrickt, Jonas Juuso (Sweden), Juan Angel Italiano (Uruguay), Judith Pauly-Bender (Germany), Justin Moore, K.R. Seward, Leslie Singer, Lezet (Serbia), Lumen K, Maozifan (Taiwan), Max Eastman, Michael Ridge (England), Mike Cosma, Neda Mehrjoo (Iran), Niniji Chen (Taiwan), osvaldo cibils (Spain), Patrizio Pica (Italy), Phillip Klampe, Rafael González (Spain), Seiei Jack (Japan), Tim Jones (Wales), Will Soderberg.
No country stated = USA.

Francesco Aprile, Zen Poems, Tribe tapes, 2020

Zen Poems by Francesco Aprile

“Dog no” – asemic-glitch viso by F. Aprile and J. Bennett, Luna Bisonte Prods 2020