Zither and Autobiography
By (author) Leslie Scalapino
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Zither and Autobiography by Leslie Scalapino
Book DescriptionZither & Autobiography is comprised of two parts: the author's autobiography and a book-length poem entitled "Zither." Both parts of the book are concerned with facts and their undoing. In Autobiography, Scalapino explores her shifting memories of childhood - especially of years spent in Asia - experimenting with the memoir form to explore how a view of one's own life develops, how "fixed memories move as illusion." Zither opens with a unique narrative that the author describes as "samurai film as Classic Comic of Shakespeare's King Lear (without using any of Shakespeare's language, characters or plot)." Creating a complex spatial soundscape, the poem works formally to allow continual change of one's conceptions while reading. The juxtaposition of the two parts and the connection between them is "the anarchist moment...disjunction itself," a key concept in much of Scalapino's work. This vivid book reveals in every thought-sparking section just why Scalapino has been hailed by Library Journal as "one of the most unique and powerful writers at the forefront of American literature."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780819564771
(216mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Leslie Scalapino
Of Indigo and Saffron, Paperback (February 2012)
A collection of poetry. Ranging from "A Fist Full", published in 1957, through "Swirls in Asphalt", a poem sequence, it includes the poems that are grounded in imagination and a profound regard for the natural world. It reveals a close kinship to Romanticism, Modernism, Surrealism, and Japanese haiku.
It's Go in Horizontal, Paperback (March 2008)
Includes sequential and serial poems which demonstrate ideas and inventions in writing, and how one writing invention leads to the next.
Day Ocean State of Stars' Night, Paperback (January 2008)
A major new collection of poetry by Leslie Scalapino.
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The collected work of a legendary San Francisco Renaissance and Beat poet
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Author Biography - Leslie Scalapino
Leslie Scalapino is the author of many books, including New Time (Wesleyan, 1999) and The Public World, Syntactically Impermanence (Wesleyan, 1999).
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