Judy Malloy

it doesn't seem so long ago
along the road, the apple trees
the slow bounce
the familiar sound of his voice
as an old song suggests
it doesn't seem so very long ago
streamed down his face as he talked
a black shadow fell on the documentation
only slightly off key
deciding which shirt to wear
their notorious welcome bark
data transfer protocols lined up
The words on the screen were barely legible
gopher error messages
in the men's locker room
ample, supple, pliant, plush
grazing - like bit mapped images
at the monitor
an old model but
an endless flow of written words

Written and coded by Judy Malloy, l0ve0ne (1994) was the first selection in the Eastgate Web Workshop, a pioneering space for hypertext writers who wished to work directly on the web. In 2021 -- in this version hosted on The WELL -- the early HTML markup for l0ve0ne was updated to HTML5/CSS. Although a few changes were made, the words and structure remain essentially the same. Note that to navigate this work, either the underlined lines of text or the ____ marks that precede lines of text are for the most part clickable

l0ve0ne by Judy Malloy

The pagescreens of Gweneth's diary
are like thin cathode ray tubes.
The book grows warm in your hands.
Text flickers on the pagescreen,
and you read these words

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