The art of writing books is about to be discovered

Check out this in-depth blog post by Ken Edwards, justly celebrating RSE's publication this year of four significant works of experimental narrative.

The books in question are John Gilmore's Head of a Man, Richard Makin's Dwelling, Leopold Haas' The Raft and Johan de Wit's Gero Nimo.

The only one I've read, at least in its final form, is Head of a Man, an enthrallingly still suspension-drama in the white space of a Nepalese youth hostel (ish). Gilmore has also written about jazz, and that's something I keep remembering as I take in the structures of this text. Whatever, he uses brackets wonderfully. Here's page 82:

Line speaks. Line effaces. Line breaks.

We met in the passageway. I stood limp, trailing. I stepped aside. In caved chest, a density of breathing. Lead cooled. Nothing moves.

My body's aching. Held too long. Not the muscle tensed, but the joint contorted.(Monet's stroke.) (Deepened reds.)

Still the distance across the room, still the floorboards wiped clean, the long lines of pale wood converging in the distance before her.


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