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by Janet Holmes (Goodreads Author)
"In F2F, the word-wall between author and reader becomesa projection screen for a shadow-play of sad couplings—Echo and Narcissus, Eurydice and Orpheus, a pair of instant-messaging lovers. Be warned: the witty, techy feel of Holmes' writing isthe flashy surface of a bruising vision of human interaction in which self-exposure is impossible and invisibility is punishingly lo ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 15th 2006 by University of Notre Dame Press
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I was reading this on the bus when I was going to the doctor's this week; rush hour time but going the opposite way, so there were only 3 people on the bus the whole time. This guy gets on and there is all this room, so naturally enough, he has to sit right next to me. He keeps lifting up his hand and hovering it above his lap, and I keep thinking, I hope he doesn't start feeling himself, cause I may have to move. And he keeps turning his body way around as if he is looking at me, but he may be ...more
Holmes updates the Greeks for the MySpace generation, figuring Orpheus as a rock star, Eros and Psyche as IM buddies, and Narcissus as maybe the prototypical MySpace junkie, getting back distorted echoes of the idealized self he’s anxious to project. The fun's in the way she finds analogues for our "new" online social interactions (like this one) in ancient myths of thwarted desire, which invites the thought that virtuality may just be imagination with its ballcap turned askew.
Janet Holmes is an award-winning poet and author of four books of poetry: F2F; Humanophone; The Green Tuxedo; and The Physicist at the Mall. Her awards include grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Loft-McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota Arts Board; the Minnesota Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Poetry Book of the Year award, the Chad Wa ...moreMore about Janet Holmes...