Friday, July 18, 2003

I really like some of what I find in Lee Ann Brown's The Sleep That Changed Everything. The book's structure grabs me, too: big, loose-limbed, with definitions of words like "insufflation" and "estivation" (look 'em up!) surrounded by constellations of quotations and then followed by poems similarly constructed along radiant lines of association (melopoetic, erotic, visual, etc.) from that word and its attendant connotations. Neat stuff. "Estivation" is my favorite section of the ones I've looked at; okay, here is the definition she offers:

The way flower petals lie in the bud


to pass the summer in a state of torpor—compare

I'm gonna read more next week.

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