A modernized adaptation of "Spoon River Anthology," set in the form of a group blog.
When they first appeared serially in the magazine Reedy’s Mirror in 1915, the poems that make up Spoon River Anthology were a scandal and a sensation. The poems are framed around a master narrative, in which a poet visits the cemetery in his fictional hometown of Spoon River, Illinois, and hears the testimony of the dead. Each individual testimony reveals more detail about the larger stories occurring in the town, tales of secret lives, murder, infidelity and atheism. Together, they create a master narrative that tells the story of a culture war that split the town in two.
The Spoon River Metblog updates this complex narrative for a new audience in a contemporary form of distribution. In this modern Spoon River, the story is told in the form of a group blog, as part of the Metroblogging network -- a worldwide collection of city-specific blogs, where groups of authors write stories about life in their city from a personal, hyper-local perspective. A fictional Metblog for Spoon River served as the collection point for these stories, which included a hidden code that led to a secret epilogue.
The full archive can be found at the Spoon River Metblog page.
The Spoon River Metblog was exhibited as part of the 2009 International Symposium of Electronic Art.