Poetry. A collaborative effort by two of today's most famous poets. Equal parts poetry and philosophy, Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino's collaboration is organized around the act and idea of seeing, written in the form of a literary dialogue. "We were interested in a joint investigation into the workings of experience," writes Hejinian in the introduction, "how experience happens, what it consists of, how the experiencing (percieving, feeling, thinking) of it occurs, what the sensation of sensing tells us." Visual descriptions interact with meditations on contemporary life, Western intellectual history, dream, film, poetry, and collaboration itself.
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Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essayist, and translator. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose including HEARING with Leslie Scalapino (Litmus Press, 2021), AERIAL 10: LYN HEJINIAN (Edge Books, 2016), THE BEGINNER (Tuumba Press, 2002), POSITIONS OF THE SUN (Belladonna*, 2018), and SLOWLY (Tuumba Press, 2002). Her groundbreaking book of poetry, My Life, has had five reprintings from 1980-2002. From 2001-2020, Hejinian taught at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her academic work, she has long been involved in anti- privatization activism.Leslie Scalapino (1947-2010) was born in Santa Barbara, California and raised in Berkeley. She is the author of thirty books of poetry, prose, inter-genre-fiction, plays, and essays including HEARING with Lyn Hejinian (Litmus Press, 2021), HOW PHENOMENA APPEAR TO UNFOLD (Litmus Press, 2011), and THE DIHEDRONS GAZELLE-DIHEDRALS ZOOM (The Post-Apollo Press, 2010). 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. She was the editor and founder of O Books.Author City: USA