The Front Matter, Dead Souls

The Front Matter, Dead Souls

Book - 1996
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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.
Publisher: [Middletown, Conn.] : Wesleyan University Press ; Hanover : Published by University Press of New England, c1996
ISBN: 9780819562951
0819562955
9780819552907
0819552909
Call Number: F ScaLapin
Characteristics: 95 p. ; 23 cm

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