This is what I was reading to show how I was reading.
You see, I’ve read a lot of Will Alexander’s writing in the last year, heard him give talks and readings. He’s published over thirty books, across genres; he is a visual artist and a pianist. I hesitate to summarize his writing because it covers such a range, flies among fields, picks up language and contorts it. From a talk he gave at 2019 AWP, my notes include the comments in order to understand, you have to bend language—take the nouns and break them—more available for motion—can’t use linear techniques for something that’s bending—bend understanding in order to travel. From his talk at Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts hosted by Amy Catanzano at Wake Forest last May, I have written short phrases like warfare on a particle, poetic engineering, reality of the anterior of the universe, psycho-neurological cartography. I have in my notes from both events the creative writing prompt, What does a bird do? This question is meant to spread thinking lateral, to make lists and webs, draw connections among ideas. In epigraphs, footnotes, and in talks Alexander mentions the books Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono and The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn. I bought these.
This is what I’ve gathered: a surrealist breadth, twists, a tangle of strings but sentient ones, animated threads: history, science, art, philosophy, language.