An ars prosaica, as it were, and a daybook of social experimentation. In these page-length essay-poems, each starting from the fixed-base "I began the day," Gladman deftly philosophizes the quotidian, writing about writing, writing about reading, writing about working, writing about teaching. My favorite passage describes onions in headily conceptual philosophical language, as a pungent sphere of spheres.
WINNER of the 2017 Firecracker Award for Nonfiction from CLMP
A collection of linked essays concerned with the life and mind of the writer by one of the most original voices in contemporary literature. Each essay takes a day as its point of inquiry, observing the body as it moves through time, architecture, and space, gradually demanding a new logic and level of consciousness from the narrator and reader.
About the Author
Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, geographies, and syntaxes as they play out in the interstices of poetry and prose. She is the author of ten published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians; Calamities, a collection of linked essays on writing and experience, which won the 2017 Firecracker Award in Nonfiction; and a monograph of ink drawings, Prose Architectures. She lives in New England with poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.