Michelle Ellsworth nominated the writer, editor and academic Thalia Field:
I, first, read Thalia Field’s work 17 years ago. At the time, my suspicions about language, rectangles, marriage, performance, and narrative were starting to form shapes in my mind. The forming brain bodies/shapes affected my balance ....then I read Field's book, “Point and Line”. The pieces between the covers of her book were not dopamine masking my wobble...they were ballast in my pelvis.
So even now as I write these sentences... I feel her influence. Pre-Field, I would look at the paragraph above and say to myself, “your metaphors aren’t parallel….shut up dumb cat.” And then I would rewrite them, tidy them, and/or find a way to bury them altogether. Now, I still hear/feel the line in my head, “shut up dumb cat.” But now the dumb cat’s barf on the floor isn’t the the sentences I wrote, but rather a shockingly clear and viscous pool of liquid (with a few strands of grass floating on top)... on the floor... in front of the fridge...that perhaps has an adhesive quality I might employ.
Today I’m reading her new book, “Experimental Animals” Amazing. Thalia Field’s works are question generators...and not the same 'ole questions. Her questions don’t conform to the laws of the establishment (“solve for 6 if 6=1 and 6=0”) and they provoke questions/answers in me that are not attached to laws of physics and language. Time inside her books increases my tolerance for myself and my worst/best ideas.
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