Poetry. Leslie Scalapino's WAY represents, in the words of one critic, "a refusal to limit the potential of experience." Animals, events, gestures are examined, shuffled, monitored, creating a multilayered poem whose constant shifts and pluralities lay bare the latent sexual and social tensions that are rarely permitted expression. With relentless , exacting attention to the multiplicities contained in seemingly everyday observations-a policeman's glance , a woman in a theater taking a hat from a man's head-Scalapino proves herself a master at confronting the cerebral manifestations of obsession and alienation.
Leslie Scalapino (1947-2010) is the author of thirty books of poetry, prose, inter-genre-fiction, plays, and essays, including a collaboration with artist Kiki Smith, The Animal is in the World like Water in Water (Granary Books, 2010); It's go in horizontal/Selected Poems, 1974-2006 (University of California Press at Berkeley, 2008); Day Ocean State of Stars' Night (Green Integer, 2007); Zither and Autobiography (Wesleyan University Press, 2003); It's Go In/ Quiet illumined Grass/ Lands (The Post-Apollo Press, 2002); a collaboration with the artist Marina Adams, The Tango (Granary Books, 2001); ORCHID JETSUM (Tuumba, 2001); and SIGHT (Edge Books, 1999), a collaboration with the poet Lyn Hejinian. Her long poem way (North Point Press, 1988) won the Poetry Center Award, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Scalapino taught at the Naropa Institute, Bard College, Mills College, and UC San Diego. She was the editor and founder of O Books.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA