Friday, January 23, 2009

Last night I dreamed I met a Vietnamese man. He was holding a child. I had met him before, so we were trying to figure out how and where we met. We began looking at books together. On the shelf, there was P. Lawler's newest book, or books. I wish I could remember the titles. One was a brightly colored book with two halves to it—one half was "essays," the other poetry. Each of those books was divided into sections. The titles for essays and poetry faced each other on the cover, so the poetry title was upside down. I think it had the word dragons in it. The "essays" weren't traditional essays. They were elaborate drawings, some the color of illuminated manuscripts. They were maps with titles of bodies of water and land that created threads of narrative in simultaneity. Some of the lakes had Tolkein-ish names, but overall the multiplicity of the project was breathtaking. And the maps contained a lot of blue. Some of the poetry was diagrammatic but most was spatially seeded across the page, simply in text.

1 comment:

Annandale Dream Gazette said...

Here are some interesting things that seem to relate to the dream. I do have a book that I wrote (Maps to Places We Never Travelled) that combines painting, cut-and-paste, and poetry. Perhaps even more relevant is another book I've been working with. I have been writing a series of "essays" (Electrical the Embryo) in a very non-traditional approach which combines poetry and some graphics. The collection is inspired by a body of water--Loon Lake in the Adirondacks. Also, the book is written sideways where the crease between the two pages is meant to be the surface of the water. The subtitle is "Measuring the Depth(s) of Loon Lake." A typical two pages might have poetry above (or below) the "horizon" of the page separation and prose would be on the opposite. There are several maps, flowcharts, and timelines scattered throughout.

It is extraordinary that this manuscript that is a first draft should show up on a book shelf in your dream.

[this comment by Patrick J. Lawler. Posted with permission by ADG ed.]