This week, we are excited to offer a new poem by Alexandra Haines-Stiles. Haines-Stiles is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford, where she studied twentieth-century literature and language as well as creative writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Mays Anthology, Hanging Loose, Copper Nickel, Matter, and elsewhere. She lives in New York and London.
I have an abiding fascination with the mechanisms and meanings of new technology, then and now–the development of written language, the creation of the printing press, the history of aviation, the magic of the internet. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about contemporary inventions as intersection of ancient and modern myth. I was very moved by Jason Tanz’s piece in Wired on an autobiographical video game, “That Dragon, Cancer,” created by two parents for and about their young son. This poem is sort of an ekphrastic response, part of a longer cycle about the promise, and threat, of digital immortality–software as salvation.