Leonardo Flores Loves “A(l)one” by Annie Abrahams

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“A(l)one” by Annie Abrahams

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This minimalist e-poem  influenced me greatly in my development into an e-lit scholar. When I first encountered this poem in 1999, I was impressed by its use of colorful pop up windows in different sizes and positions to illustrate how one can be alone, even when surrounded by others. The distinctive features of each window yield to a common look and feel as the all become the same in color and message, as seen below.

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The yellow words that take over all the windows is a background image– an animated GIF alternating the word/phrase “alone” and “all one.” This repetitive sequence resonates with E. E. Cumming’s spatial juxtaposition in “[l(a]” because both poems provide compelling images of loneliness. Whether you are a leaf falling from a tree, detached (in death) from the company of other leaves, or a window surrounded by 15 other windows for a little while only to be left alone, in the end you are bound to feel “one.”

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CFP: The E-Lit I Love

This is an invitation for writers, students, and scholars of electronic literature.

I ♥ E-Poetry seeks entries about a work of e-lit that:

  • inspired you
  • influenced you
  • you love
  • you admire
  • you wish you had written
  • interests you above all others
  • you feel has been overlooked or underappreciated
  • all of the above
  • whatever other reason you have

The entries must be between 100-500 words and should include:

  • a link to the work or documentation
  • at least one screen-captured image, no larger than 300 pixels tall (you can e-mail it to me or let me get it, if you prefer).
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  • your discussion of the work – try to get readers excited to read the work, or experience it through your eyes.

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This is open to any work of e-literature, whether it’s been written about in I ♥ E-Poetry or not, in any genre, shape, or form. The only work you cannot write about is your own.

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