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Machines Like Us Joshua R. Helms

Machines Like Us

Joshua R. Helms

Published
ISBN : 9781938103445
Paperback
64 pages
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Machines Like Us is part love story, part dreamscape, part exploration of self. This surreal and disjointed novella-in-verse follows its characters (the speaker, Boy, and Historian) as their acts of love and violence become indistinguishable. ForMoreMachines Like Us is part love story, part dreamscape, part exploration of self. This surreal and disjointed novella-in-verse follows its characters (the speaker, Boy, and Historian) as their acts of love and violence become indistinguishable. For these characters, love is dangerous, disorienting, self-erasing, traumatizing. Identities blur. Memories muddle. Bodies change. It becomes difficult for them to understand themselves as individuals without first investigating the boundaries separating each from the other: “there is no way to tell us / apart there is no way to know / whose hand is at the camera”Throughout the book, the speaker, Boy, and Historian struggle to connect and disconnect, to tether and un-tether, to survive, to make sense and meaning in and out of their relationships with each other. They are terrified to be both with and without each other, and the resulting horror — the blood, the broken bodies, the decay, the changing faces — becomes a landscape the characters can’t shake.