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Zither & Autobiography (Wesleyan Poetry Series) [Paperback]

By Leslie Scalapino (Author)
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Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2003
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  081956477X  
EAN  9780819564771  

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Zither & 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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More About Leslie Scalapino

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leslie Scalapino is the author of thirty books of poetry, prose inter-genre-fiction, plays, and essays. Granary Book just published a collaborative book by artist Kiki Smith and Leslie Scalapino, titled The Animal is in the World like Water in Water. Scalapino's It's go in horizontal/Selected Poems, 1974-2006 was published by University of California Press at Berkeley in 2008. Other books of Scalapino's poetry include DAY OCEAN STATE OF STARS' NIGHT (Green Integer), a collection of eight years; ZITHER & AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Wesleyan University Press), The Tango (Granary Press), ORCHID JETSAM (Tuumba), Dahlia's Iris--Secret Autobiography and Fiction (FC2 Publishers); a reprint of the prose work DEFOE by Green Integer; and IT'S GO IN/ QUIET ILLUMINED GRASS/ LAND (The Post-Apollo Press).

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Don't pay attention to the reductive comments below  Sep 25, 2004
I'll admit this isn't my favorite work by Scalapino, as I prefer the sequences of "alien" perspective in 'Considering How Exaggerated Music Is,' or even the highly syncretic fragmentary prose of "dahlia's iris." But to assert this book is merely an excercise of a 'no-self' through writing is unfairly dismissive. 'Zither' is the often difficult (if one is trying to normalise it according to the confines of the traditional lyric) poetry of a mind in constant movement, constant accumulation, a risky "free fall" into the vicissitudes of self. This is a defiant poetry, one that frees itself from the received notions of a static one-dimensional language, yanks on the thread of the veil and restitches it. Scalapino certainly isn't the only poet who can be said to have done that, though she may be the most consistently thorough and brave.
pseudo-intellectual ad hoc rants and the "no self" doctrine  Feb 26, 2004
In short, I see Scalapino's Zither and Autobiography as pseudo-intellectual name dropping(s)-oops!) which are ad hoc, at best. If there truly is "no self" then next time (shut the hell up) stop writing once that is stated because anything else you may have to say does not matter. I save my intense delving into ideas for those that have a "self." Aside from some interesting imagery, Zither has nothing of any kind to offer a reader. Do not waste your money on this book! If you find yourself needing a copy, then go to your local library and check it out first. I did not even want to give this book one star, but I had to in order to post this review.
P.S. I'll see you in Boise at the reading, Ms. "no-selfapino!"

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