September 5, 2010

A Tribute to Leslie Scalapino (Day 1 of 4)

Leslie Scalapino 1944 -2010

We honor her passing and celebrate her not ever passing.

“… ‘horizontal’ is a way of seeing everything flowing, existing at different times in parallel simultaneous spaces–not permanent, but not ever passing either.” --LS in conversation w/Elizabeth Bryant, Dusie #8

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 over the course of the week 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 1:
Philip Jenks remembers "a force of good"

Rae Armantrout "Many people claim to oppose hierarchies. Leslie Scalapino…came closer to actually doing so than anyone I have known."

"That the person, her, was herself a form": Anne Gorrick

Emily Critchley essays Scalapino's "alternative ways of seeing"

"pushing the limits of how we mean and what we mean and what we say and how we say": Sarah Anne Cox celebrates Leslie

"does it help to review events as stance": Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Kristi Maxwell essays way

Susan Bee recalls “this introverted and luminous being

(Painting by Susan Bee)

“not representing the event but getting at something inner and outer as spatial occurrence sculptural kinetic that’s an event itself”: Michael Cross talking with Leslie Scalapino (originally appeared in Aufgabe)

A few additional links of note (new ones to be posted each day):

Michael Cross’s review of two recent books by Leslie Scalapino at Jacket

"In Memoriam: Leslie Scalapino": a tribute organized by Carol Watts at the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London. Includes contributions from Fanny Howe, Tim Atkins, Robert Grenier, Rob Holloway, Lisa Samuels, Caroline Bergvall, Peter Middleton, Barry Schwabsky, Steven Ratcliffe and Carol Watts.

Three books by Scalapino are forthcoming or out:
* a new prose work, The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihredals Zoom NOW OUT from Post-Apollo Press
* a book of two plays published in one volume, Flow-Winged Crocodile and A Pair / Actions Are Erased / Appear, NOW OUT from Chax Press
* a revised and expanded collection of her essays and plays, How Phenomena Appear to Unfold (originally published by Potes & Poets) forthcoming from Litmus Press this fall

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