Marble Springs, Deena Larsen's best-known work, is a hypertext poetry collection created in HyperCard and published by Eastgate Systems in 1993. The poems follow the inner journeys of the women of Marble Springs, a fictional Colorado mining town, from the 1870s into the early twentieth century; hypertext allows the reader to follow links between the narrators, places, and objects in the poems. Larsen envisioned Marble Springs as a participatory work, allowing readers to add their own poems and biographical data to the work in a manner that left these additions indistinguishable from the original text. Deena writes:
An Emulated Screencast of Marble Springs
As Larsen mentions in her artist's statement, Hypercard, the software she used to create Marble Springs, "died" the year Marble Springs was published. Thus, would-be readers currently have two options for perusing the work: reading it on a Mac antiquated enough to handle the system version and software that run Hypercard (such as the Deena Larsen Collection's Mac Classic IIs), or using emulation software on a newer system. Below is a screen recording of Marble Springs emulated with Mini VMac; to imitate the original viewing experience, the video is overlain on a photo of one the collection's decorated Macs.
From Marble Springs by Deena Larsen (Eastgate Systems, 1993); reproduced by permission. Marble Springs at Eastgate Systems.