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Cover photo of "Machines Like Us."

BRATTLEBORO >> Winner of the Dzanc Poetry Collection Award, Joshua R. Helms will read from his debut poetry collection, Machines Like Us, at Everyone's Books at 6 p.m. on Friday. The author will be available for a short Q&A after the reading. Joshua R. Helms' debut, "Machines Like Us," is part love story, part dreamscape, part exploration of self. For the characters (Speaker, Boy, and Historian), love is dangerous, disorienting, self-erasing. The three struggle to tether and untether. They continuously disturb and upend, externally and internally. They are terrified to be with and without each other. The resulting horror—blood, broken bodies, decomposition—is a landscape, both natural and unnatural, of their glorious failure.

Joshua R. Helms describes himself as "a nonbinary queer person from the south." He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and his writing has appeared in various print and online journals, including "Alice Blue Review," "Copper Nickel," "DIAGRAM," "Fairy Tale Review," "Gertrude," "New England Review," "Phoebe," "Sonora Review," and "Word Riot." Helms lives in Brattleboro.

C. Dale Young, author of "The Second Person" and "Torn" said of "Machines Like Us," "A dark and deeply obsessive book. It is almost impossible to forget the three primary characters in this collection after witnessing their twisted and repetitive attempts to connect, after witnessing the fact they cannot separate acts of love from acts of harm.""A dark and deeply obsessive book. It is almost impossible to forget the three primary characters in this collection after witnessing their twisted and repetitive attempts to connect, after witnessing the fact they cannot separate acts of love from acts of harm."


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Sabrina Orah Mark, author of "The Babies and Tsim Tsum" said, "Out of three hearts (Boy Heart, Historian Heart, and Poet Heart), Helms has woven a new poetics of vulnerability that tells the story of survival and lust, brutality and tenderness."

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