Internationally recognized as one of the most innovative writers in America today, Leslie Scalapino persistently challenges the boundaries of many forms in which she works - poetry, prose, plays, and more. This outstanding volume includes work from sequential and serial poems written over thirty-two years. The poems demonstrate ideas and inventions in writing, and how one writing invention leads to the next. Three series are selected from the long poem way, about which Philip Whalen said, "She makes everything take place in real time, in the light and air and night where all of us live, everything happening at once." Recent poems, such as those from "DeLay Rose," appear to leave the page itself as a single infinite line in which the actions of individuals and occurrences in the outside world are synonymous, mysterious, and simultaneous. It's go in horizontal is a dazzling entryway into the oeuvre of a daring and powerful writer.
Leslie Scalapino teaches at Mills College and is a former faculty member at Milton Avery Graduate Program of the Arts at Bard College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Among her many books are Day Ocean State of Star's Night: Poems and Writings 1989 and 1999-2006, Dahlia's Iris: Secret Autobiography and Fiction, and Zither and Autobiography.
Collected in Considering how exaggerated music is From hmmmm in The Woman Who Could Read the Minds of Dogs Instead of an Animal From This eating and walking at the same time are associated all right Considering how exaggerated music is How Phenomena Appear to Unfold: Note on My Writing that they were at the beach From that they were at the beach -- aeolotropic series A Sequence From Chameleon Series From The Return of Painting, The Pearl, and Orion/A Trilogy From the Five Series Poem way, 3 Series in Sequence Bum Series The Floating Series Delay Series How Phenomena Appear to Unfold Fin de Siecle 1 Fin de Siecle 2 Fin de Siecle 3 From Crowd and not evening or light From New Time From The Front Matter, Dead Souls The Public World/Syntactically Impermanence From Resting lightning that's night, Friendship Zither & Autobiography From Zither From The Tango From It's go in / quiet illumined grass /land Day Ocean State of Stars' Night From 'Can't' is 'Night' From The Forest is in the Euphrates River -- From DeLay Rose Acknowledgments