The Polymorphous Essay: an Essay Daily Salon with Bethany Maile and Sarah Minor - Shared screen with speaker view
If you don’t know our panelists’ work, you should buy both excellent books. Sarah’s is Bright Archive from Rescue Press. You can buy it from the press: https://www.rescuepress.co/shop/bright-archive
Bethany’s book is Anything Will Be Easy After This, out from U Nebraska Press: https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/university-of-nebraska-press/9781496220219/
“they’re all supremely kickass on a horse”!
yes to playfulness
Levertov: Form is never more than a revelation of content. (Rough paraphrase)
we should attribute it to charles bernstein while we’re at it
Yay, Hi Alison!
Hey, Beth! So good to see you.
I’m also interested in how the different architectures of essays fit together in the larger structure of a single book!
I’m also interested in talking about at some point at what point you started thinking of these essays as chapters, Bethany
it performs a kind of lacing as the book goes on as a result
Bethany said something about how playing with form can pull the reader’s attention in multiple directions. Do both of you think that formal play winds up demanding a lot more from the reader? And, if so, what do you think the value of that is?
Maddie and Kim these are both good questions: we’ll try to get to em!
also place and form: hearing Bethany’s book as “horizontal” seems related to the westernness of it
“book of wild forms” this is the LOVELIEST description.
anything will be easy after this
collaboration not antagonism
Yes to that
Playing a game with yr reader
and also the knots a bit
listicle pitch: Sarah Minor’s essays, ranked by accessibility
I love the idea of horizontal ness as related to the western
The essay as landform!
Gotta know where to put the cheese!
and what kind of cheese
I just read a Peter Orner theory of fiction collections in which he believes that the second story is always the one the writer likes the best but is often the weirdest. The first one is the hook.
interesting that the family’s house comes early… yeah, once we love our narrator we are willing to follow them many places.
Right, that type of obstacle doesn’t seem like it feeds back into the intention of the exchange between text body and footnote
such a good distinction.
“I don’t write memoir to not have myself in it” is fantastic
The sidetones seem like a great compromise. I like they way they look
truth. there was a pleasure in how to choose as a reader when and how to read those side notes.
yes to consistency esp when dealing with complicated designs
“everything I wrote resisted binding” is a beautiful sentence.
I once had a magazine accept only the 2nd page of a 2 page poem
All about gesture
Peg Alford Pursell
This was SO great! Thank you!
Thanks for this and BIG CONGRATS to you two!
Thank you all. So interesting.
Thank you! This was great. Appreciate you all!
This was amazing!!! Thank you! I’m excited to assign these books.
Thank you! So amazing.
Thank you everyone!!!!
Thank you! Looking forward to reading these books!
Thanks, all! What a treat!
Thanks for the discussion, it was great!