Hejinian's densely fugal prose is influential enough to have manifested a contemporary micro-genre, but this book, corresponding to the time of political unrest, further advances that project in a disputatious weft of theses and propositions, gnomic utterances and personal reportage. Both a major essay on the avant-garde and a pro-social depiction of the social textures of popular protest.
Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. POSITIONS OF THE SUN is a sometimes melancholy, sometimes militant cross-genre experiment, combining elements of (largely non-narrative) fiction, with those of local journalism, and of cultural and literary criticism. Its twenty-six interlocking essays with characters (plus a Coda) explore the mid-2000s financial crisis, the spread of neoliberalism, and attempts by activists and artists to counter it, through the movements and daily lives of a wide-ranging cast of characters located in the Bay Area. In POSITIONS, Hejinian plays the bricoleur, bringing together whatever's needed in her approach to the subject, whether it's the paratactic tactics of poetry, scholarship's critical patchwork, or characters set in time that evokes but frustrates narrative. POSITIONS OF THE SUN is the second work in Belladonna*'s Germinal Texts Series, which seeks to trace feminist avant-garde histories and the poetic lineages they produce.