Published by North Point Press
For this collection of poems and prose, Leslie Scalapino has gathered four sequences into what she calls an “aeolotropic series.” The poems reflect each other like crystals and change like highly polished glass illuminated by a shifting light. They follow the mind from thought and observation to afterthought, reflection, and obsession.
Praise for That They Were at the Beach
The range and sophistication of Leslie Scalapino’s abilities as a writer have long been impressive. Here she proves the absolute master of a uniquely compact perception and an intelligence that can track a plurality of relationships in very few words indeed. I know of no one more able to bring writing back from its confusion of genres to the authority of specific articulation.
— Robert Creeley
Leslie Scalapino’s poetry is among the most interesting, arresting, and original writing of the present time… It is finally the rhythm of the language and the choral patterns created by her repetitions that create the musical coherence that marks this as poetry of the highest order.
— Charles Bernstein
A major poet, and somebody worth watching very closely through long passages and infinitely subtle variations.
— Andrei Codrescu