Teresa Carmody's Eye Hole Adore
“First there was the driveway, a long, windy thing no one thought to turn down, save the occupants from mere habit.”
-- Eye Hole Adore, Teresa Carmody
One could think of the universe as consisting of simply the processes of radiation and absorption. Stars and black holes - both attract and hold bodies in orbits of varying decay through the sheer magnitude of the continuous liberation or entrapment of light. People are stars. Thoughts are black holes. People should be loved, held, honored, amused, gifted, debated, aroused, satisfied, and many other things. Thoughts should be regarded and passed by on the way to other locations of beauty and interest.
Teresa Carmody, through her work, Eye Hole Adore, Book 2 of the Particle Series, displays two people in orbit around the other, each radiating love, creativity, and simplicity, each a star, each simply a thought in the mind of the other, each a black hole, pulling the light in never to escape. That’s the danger of intimacy. That’s the risk of allowing your habits, idiosyncrasies, and neuroses to share valence with those of another human being, another star. The chances of one either collapsing inward under one’s own weight or leaping out of the gravity well in one heroic spasm of effort are all too likely.
A writer’s way is to go inside. Life demands that one come back out. Ms. Carmody is an excellent writer. Put this one on your shelf.
Bio: Teresa Carmody’s work has appeared in PoetsWest, Stolen Purse, Women’s Studies Journal, and 4th Street. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is the editor of Les Figues Press.
Eye Hole Adore, Teresa Carmody, Copyright 2008, P S Books, http://ps books.org, $7, 47 pages