Fiction. In the space of relation, Mary Burger offers a new kind of writing—a testimony that cannot be defended or deflected. SONNY, a series of speech acts, a hypnotic set of patterned particulars, constructs with the awareness that language "demands that we should see what's there and what is possible." Moving between the individual and the collective, attaching a kind of present-making to the space of dissolution found there, SONNY shows us a way to make new resemblances and new subjectivities out of what we've lost. This work of innovative prose forms and reforms itself into a history that remembers, that recalls and that echoes the desire of the narrator to "replace the story with itself."
Mary Burger is a writer, visual artist, and environmental designer, interested in cross-genre writing that merges aspects of poetry, essay, and fiction. Her books include THEN GO ON (Litmus Press, 2012), a collection of lyric prose pieces, SONNY (Leon Works, 2005), a novella on the Trinity bomb test, and A Partial Handbook for Navigators (Interbirth Books, 2008), writings about geography and social space. At various times she has been the editor of the literary journal PROLIFERATION, the online forum Narrativity and accompanying anthology BITING THE ERROR, and the experimental narrative press Second Story Books. She lives in Oakland, California, and practices landscape design under the name Seedbank. Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA