The Front Matter Dead Souls

This extraordinary new book is essay-fiction-poetry, an experiment in form, "a serial novel for publication in the newspaper" that collapses the distinction between documentary and fiction.

The Front Matter  Dead Souls

Leslie Scalapino is widely regarded as one of the best avant-garde writers in America today. This extraordinary new book is essay-fiction-poetry, an experiment in form, “a serial novel for publication in the newspaper” that collapses the distinction between documentary and fiction. Loosely set in Los Angeles, the book scrutinizes our image-making, producing extreme and vivid images-hyena, Muscle Beach in Venice, the Supreme Court, subway rides-in order for them to be real. Countering contemporary trends toward interiority, Scalapino’s work constitutes a unique effort to “be” objectively in the world. The writing is an action, a dynamic push to make intimacy in the public realm. She does not distinguish between poetry and “real events”: her writing is analogous to Buddhist notions of dreaming one is a butterfly, and becoming aware that actually being the butterfly is as real as dreaming it.

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The Front Matter, Dead Souls
Language: en
Pages: 103
Authors: Leslie Scalapino
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-05-01 - Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Leslie Scalapino is widely regarded as one of the best avant-garde writers in America today. This extraordinary new book is essay-fiction-poetry, an experiment in form, “a serial novel for publication in the newspaper” that collapses the distinction between documentary and fiction. Loosely set in Los Angeles, the book scrutinizes our
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Authors: Prentice-Hall Staff
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