|Edgewise and Othewise Collected Essays
Edgewise and Otherwise represents Len Gasparini’s collected essays dating back to the late 1970s. Refreshingly, his critical practice doesn’t attach itself to any school, thereby enabling him to display his erudition like a maverick penman unconstrained by academic convention, and with a whole lot to say about writers such as Raymond Souster, William Faulkner, or obscure subjects like prosody, or current issues like the Anthropocene. There are eighteen pieces in all, including an intimate portrait of Tennessee Williams in 1977.
Len Gasparini quests after the paradoxical. Working within the strictures
of language, a vehicle of human selfhood, he strives for states of being
beyond that selfhood entirely.
Moving and universal.
Gasparini draws you in with a style that is deceptively straightforward,
only to leave you astonished, patting yourself down, pockets empty of
all those preconceptions and comfortable assumptions, and wondering how
he did it.
Len Gasparini is the author of twenty-two books, including fourteen collections of poetry, and five volumes of short stories.