Fiction. Poetry. Cross-Genre. Leslie Scalapino's new book of prose, THE DIHEDRONS GAZELLE-DIHEDRALS ZOOM, while a work that stands on its own, is book II as a pair with book I, FLOATS HORSE-FLOATS OR HORSE-FLOWS (Starcherone, 2010), described by Michael McClure as follows: "This is a jewel book that has come out of the spagyric hinterlands of purest imagination, where it has lain for an immeasurable time alongside Burroughs's Cities of the Red Night, Hans Arp's poetry, Monkey's Journey to the West, and Mark Twain's Mysterious Stranger—and it blows with the elegance of a horse—or a wolf...Virginia Woolf!" Lydia Davis commented: "Leslie Scalapino's writing reveals how far language—and therefore thought itself—can go beyond what we are accustomed to, and the forms in which she writes delightfully defy our expectations."
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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