Code = Poetry = Code?
While the big wide world classes Bristol Wireless as supertechies or ubergeeks, we do have artistic sensibilities: indeed, the co-op has several artist(e)s – musicians, DJs, wordsmiths, practitioners in the plastic arts, etc. – in its ranks and I reckon that collectively we have more appreciation of creative works than your average Radio 4 studio full of art critics.
It is often said that code is poetry: proof of this is the fact that software is treated as a work of literature, but is poetry also code?
You can now judge, since one of the pleasant experiences we brought back from the Ragged Hedge Fair (news passim) was community poet Tony Hillier’s visit to the cybertent. This resulted in Tony sending us a poem which we’re pleased to reproduce below:
Twelve volt flat screens
So we don’t lose anything
In the conversion process
This warm co-operative hot spot
There for you and your world
This teenage crèche
These cheap café chairs
Bring you rich text format
And plain vanilla computing
Four chairs made from one coke can
They’re that comfortable in this
Solar powered penguin paradise
Flaming foxes and frozen weasels
No nose can sense the smell of diesel
From gnu to re-new in penguin suits
This apple-free cider space
Well dressed, well addressed, innit
Thanks very much Tony! We’re now wondering if any other IT co-op has had poetry written about it…
Bristol IT Co-op – a song of praise
Bitcoop the workers’ group
Sean and Bails and Jon
Through wind and hail delivered email
And kept the networks on
Hartcliffe Ventures, community centres
I could go on but I shan’t
Yes they can look flash on their government cash
But we were screwed by a Grant
The local mailing list Underscore was founded with a poem called the channel hop by Rob Mitchell.
Thanks for the info,Chris 🙂
Update 12/10/2007: Tony Hillier has now emailed me the full set of poems he wrote whilst at and about the Ragged Hedge Fair. If you’d like a copy please contact me.