War and Peace 1

Edited by Leslie Scalapino


O Books
Original Language(s)
Edition, Year
First Edition, 2004
Web-Ready PDF
Digital, In Print

A collection of works by 22 poets and artists, including artists Nancy Speros, Kiki Smith, Simone Fattal, and poets Etel Adnan, Anslem Berrigan, Taylor Brady, Norma Cole, Alan Davies, kari edwards, Judith Goldman, Robert Grenier, Rob Holloway, Paolo Javier, Jackson Mac Low, Alice Notley, Stephen Ratcliffe, Leslie Scalapino, Juliana Spahr, Rodrigo Toscano, Anne Waldman, and Lisa Wolsak. As in Tolstoy’s novel, everything can go on—everything goes on—in war and peace. To see being a form of action. “If one practices some work day and night, writing on everything everywhere, one stays close to the ground of being. The events of the day are absorbed into the practice.” — Fanny Howe

Leslie Scalapino
Leslie Scalapino (1947-2010) was born in Santa Barbara, California and raised in Berkeley. She is the author of thirty books of poetry, prose, inter-genre-fiction, plays, and essays, including a collaboration with artist Kiki Smith, The ... Read More

War and Peace, the second in a series of anti-war anthologies published by Leslie Scalapino’s O Books, attempts to turn toward the wreckage, taking as its impetus the living in war of Tolstoy’s novel: “everything can go on—everything goes on—in war and peace. To see being a form of action”… Featuring a wide range of established writers and visual artists… the anthology seeks to offer modes of being in times of war.

— Michael Cross, Rain Taxi


Praise for War and Peace 1

War and Peace “interrogate[s] ideas of poetic responsiveness, political responsibility and the often problematic relationship between rhetoric and ethical enquiry… Many of the poets featured in War and Peace are associated with the emergence of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E writing in the seventies… the texture of the writing extend[s] from poetic notes, diary entries, long performance sequences, recollective passages, essay fragments, to conversation pieces and prose poetry… The shift in rhythm, form and texture allows for a response to war which is neither didactic nor self-serving… [I]n War and Peace the range and challenge of the poems aspire to ideas of multiplicity and complexity as opposed to rhetorical posturing. Scalapino considers the formulation of categorisations, borders, definitions and nomenclatures. Her enquiry considers how fradulent such formulations often are in public language and their manipulation for convenient political shortcuts.”

— Nerys Williams, Metre

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