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Dennis Cooper Hearts Renee Gladman & the Blur of Genre

By Harriet Staff

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Once you get past the adults-only warning, you’ll find that Dennis Cooper has presented the work of Renee Gladman, in addition to writers Eugene Lim and Heiko Julien. Helpfully quoting Gladman from Triple Canopy:

I came up through poetry, but I am a sentence writer. I don’t know if it’s so much creating narratives as narrative space. I’m interested in time and experience and the sound of telling a story as opposed to the story itself. I have a love and deep interest in fiction, especially fiction in translation, so I teach that. But often in my workshops now I’ll bring in texts that are hybrid, cross-genre works. It’s useful as a way to get students to take more notice of language. I have students read poetry and then enter it from a sentence space. …

‘Fiction is interested in a certain kind of unfolding or sequence of events. Time is more intact in fiction. Prose, I think, introduces the element of the awareness of yourself in language as you are unfolding things in time and allowing yourself to be distracted or interrupted, allowing yourself to question the difficulty of what you’re doing and be stalled, not to move. I want more fiction to do this, because it changes the way we read and understand story. With fiction that repairs all doubt and interruption and experiment by being fluid, coherent; what we expect doesn’t leave much room for me as a reader. But I think the more you talk about these categories, their distinctions, the quicker they break down. Ultimately, what I want is for there to be a blur over everything.’

Cooper also includes poems from Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (Dorothy: A Publishing Project), “the third volume of Renee Gladman’s magnificent, melancholy series about the city-state of Ravicka.” And some recent video:

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by Harriet Staff.