F2F

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  • Title: F2F
  • Author: Janet Holmes
  • ISBN: 9780268030766
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • In F2F, the word wall between author and reader becomes a 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 is the flashy surface of a bruising vision of human interaction in which self exposure is impossible and invisibility is punishingly In F2F, the word wall between author and reader becomes a 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 is the flashy surface of a bruising vision of human interaction in which self exposure is impossible and invisibility is punishingly lonely Catherine Wagner, author of Macular Hole and Miss America Holmes s attention to sound write with light durable words indelible is familiar poetic territory, but here it takes on new meaning because it so exceeds, or opposes, the text messaging medium from which the language is drawn This is like William Carlos Williams s experiments or Bob Creeley s in the excerpting and reframing of casual speech the perception that a general method could be applied to a new, apparently unpromising and impoverished linguistic realm is one of the book s most forward brilliances Charles O Hartman, author of Island and The Long View E, Echo, Eurydice, Emily and Eros legacy resonance meets current disturbance f2f in Janet Holmes s melancholy music reader, she addresses you, as she gently probes, pings, love life on the network Stephanie Strickland, author of V WaveSons Losing L una At the core of this challenging new collection from Janet Holmes is the conceit of the sense of sight and the complex role it plays in women s self identities and relationships Emily Dickinson is introduced as the iconic female writer who, unread in her time, is frequently misinterpreted and unheard Holmes relates Dickinson s self isolation to the writer s isolation from the reader and the intimacy of the act of reading Echo, Eurydice, and Eros other E figures, these mythological, their stories relying on seeing and being seen are related by Holmes to twentieth century counterparts manifesting as an anorexic, a flamboyant dresser, and a love god, respectively Holmes intersperses her meditation with the language of online text messaging, employing it as a vehicle for probing the dual limitations and liberties afforded on line correspondents Through her correspondents postings, we chart their relationship evolving without benefit of ever meeting or exchanging photographs, the participants deeply affected by the absence of the sense of sight By turns provocative and timid, lyrical and terse, the voices in f2f exhibit myriad human reactions to how seeing each other influences how we behave.

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    1 thought on “F2F”

    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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.

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