Saturday, May 29, 2010

Leslie Scalapino Dies at 65

I just heard via facebook that Leslie Scalapino has died, and then I saw that her Wikipedia page has been updated with the same information. Her work was consciously exploratory in ways that, as Charles Bernstein wrote on th eback of her recent selected poems, "take us beyond any dislocating devices."

from Floating Series 2

the crowd
returning when
the man - of their race, though
in the police - he'd
left the van
was immolated by them - on
a field

myself or
a person
aging and dying when
that's seen by
a setting
from - that
of - when
we were young


- as in
the middle

the man - who'd
with the bud of it
her still - when
she had

and - their
sense of the
city - as some
ideal spot
and - where
not going to
be able to live


At 5/29/2010 12:35 PM, Anonymous Eric Anderson said...

Very sad news. I randomly grabbed How Phenomena Appear To Unfold from my bookshelf yesterday and reread "Sweet, a Play," which reminded me of how much I love getting lost in her work.

At 5/29/2010 12:52 PM, Anonymous Brandon Shimoda said...

Hey John ... What and where's the news? I can't find anything anywhere ... except, as you, on Leslie's Wikipedia page ...

At 5/29/2010 4:22 PM, Blogger Jake Adam York said...

@ Brandon: This seems fairly authoritative:

At 5/29/2010 7:09 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

It's a tremendous loss on the personal level for her family and friends, of course, but on the artistic level, her recent work is as vital as ever, made obvious by the several books that are coming out this year. A terrible loss.


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