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Fiction. "The novels in this trilogy are not novels in any conventional sense. Scalapino rejects the orderly development of plot and character, striking instead at what she perceives to be the radical chaos of human experience by writing from an ever-shifting multitude of perspectives. This style makes for a kind of syntactical avalanche: 'The steely-blue-eyed man is middl ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Talisman House, Publishers (first published 1991)
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Leslie Scalapino (July 25, 1944 – May 28, 2010) was a United States poet, experimental prose writer, playwright, essayist, and editor, sometimes grouped in with the Language poets, though she felt closely tied to the Beat poets. A longtime resident of California's Bay Area, she earned an M.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. One of Scalapino's most critically well-received ...more
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