Author(s): Helen Heath
Are Friends Electric? offers a vivid and moving vision of a past, present and future mediated by technology.
The first part of Helen Heath's bold new collection is comprised largely of found poems which emerge from conversations about sex bots, people who feel an intimate love for bridges, fences and buildings, a meditation on Theo Jansens beautifully strange animal sculptures, and the lives of birds in cities. A series of speculative poems further explores questions of how we incorporate technology into our lives and bodies. In these poems on grief, Heath asks how technology can keep us close with those we have lost. How might our experiences of grieving and remembering be altered?
Finalist for the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry - 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards