September 9, 2010

A Tribute to Leslie Scalapino (Day 4 of 4)

(Photo by Thomas J. White)

Leslie Scalapino 1944 - 2010

We honor her passing and celebrate her not ever passing.

"not anticipating, as in happiness -- running out -- before is happy, something occurring does not change that then. experiencing being happy is in the present, that it will be. (Is in the future then, at the same time.)" LS, Zither & Autobiography

Reading Leslie Scalapino is/as an altering act/event. We invited those who knew her and/or her work to write alongside/simultaneously to/of/on her/her writing as tribute. What follows here and in three previous posts is what came. We are grateful to know that her writing will live on in the world, in us, and will continue to be written and spoken about. We thank everyone who responded. We thank Tom White. We thank Tracy Grinnell. Most of all, of course, we thank Leslie.

eds Cara Benson, Elizabeth Bryant, Cathy Wagner

Day 4:

Eileen Myles "from a conversation with Stacy Szymaszek"

"Messing up linear time": Sarah Rosenthal excerpts her interview with Scalapino (originally published here)

Three poems for Leslie by Julian T. Brolaski

Stephen Ratcliffe: Remembering (Reading) Leslie Scalapino: Selected Letters

Simultaneous Multi-Local Mass-Body Rhythm in Leslie Scalapino’s way” : Rodrigo Toscano (Leslie's impact on his life & writing)

Laura Elrick: Leslie Scalapino and The Anti-Production Room

"No Self": Judith Roitman explicates connections between Leslie Scalapino's writing and the Buddhist teachings of Nāgārjuna

Brenda Iijima: "Leslie's books are survival pods"

Adam Strauss: "words mean occurrence—occurrence means splits no hands can handle"

A collaboration between Frances Presley and Elizabeth James: "Leslie had opened up...the possibility of simultaneous collaboration"

"which is real, and the poem is trying to inhabit that"
: E. Tracy Grinnell and Leslie Scalapino in conversation for the Belladonna* Elders Series

From "Eco-Logic in Writing": Leslie Scalapino, in an excerpt from How Phenomena Appear to Unfold (a new, expanded edition is forthcoming from Litmus Press)

Dana Teen Lomax "'the difficulty' (the necessity)"


Excerpts from "The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom" on PEEP/SHOW.

Poets in Need

Leslie Scalapino Scholarship at Reed College

1 comment:

Max Clark said...

what follows is a poetic meditation on Leslie Scalapino:

her poems are the gilt putrescence of our general intellect:

there is no self in-itself.
our faculty of representing this absence of a self in-itself is the self.
self is an incurving cut in the tissue of discourse (representation).
---these are responses to certain unformulated consequences in Scalapino.
without means of communication to foil there is no self.
the self subtracts itself from these means of communication.

theory belongs to the poetry it subtracts from.
unthinking poetry thinks only of not thinking.
---her death alone enacted the impossible mission of her letters.