The History of Where It’s @

No one really knows how it first started out,
   that thing called the snail by Italians,
little monkey tail by the Dutch, the sine qua

non of Internet communication whose obscurity
   ended in ’71 when a techie teleyped a
message to himself in Cambridge Mass using

the graceful curlicue on top of the two. With
   that message @ became where it’s at
for electronically connecting to humans or

facsimiles thereof and hallelujah, no more phone
   conversations or getting together with
mundane mortals which means breakups can be

done via Facebook and Twitter, your pain can be
   posted on Instagram, anguish can be
blogged, you and your ex can be alone together

with righteous illusions of who was to blame,
   how things should have been.

Martin H. Levinson is a member of the Authors Guild, National Book Critics Circle, and the book review editor for ETC: A Review of General Semantics. He has published nine books and numerous articles and poems in various publications. He holds a PhD from NYU and lives in Forest Hills, New York.

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