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Book Title: همان چیزی که اتّفاق می افتد و آنچه آدمی میتواند ببیند|
The author of the book: Russell Edson
ISBN 13: 9789649082738
Edition: مانِ کتاب
Date of issue: 2010
Format files: PDF
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Never having done any creative writing as an adult, I took my first writing course many years ago, back when I was in my late thirties. I was given conventional short stories and poems as models but nothing really clicked with me, that is, I knew I wanted to write but wasn’t really inspired by those conventional ways of writing.
Then one day whilst visiting a library in downtown Philadelphia, I came across an anthology called The Anti-Story - a collection of various stories that were reactions against conventional form. One type of anti-story was Against Length and featured the following piece by author Russell Edson:
FATHER, FATHER, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
A man straddling the apex of his roof cries, giddyup. The house rears up on its back porch and all its bricks fall apart and the house crashes to the ground.
His wife cries from the rubble, father, father, what have you done?
The experience of reading this short piece of fiction was so powerful it almost put me on my knees. I knew immediately that this was it – the type of writing for me.
I spent the next eight years writing Russell Edson-style micro-fiction. Most fortunately, editors of a number of little magazines were more than happy to publish my work. And each time I had one of my books of micro-fiction published, I sent a copy to Russell Edson as a way of saying "thank you." Russell was kind enough to, in turn, send a letter back to me each time, a letter in the form of a prose poem, that is!
Anyway, I mention this as a way of encouraging readers who ordinarily shy away from poetry to check out Russell Edson. Surreal, fanciful, bizarre, enigmatic. And The Tunnel, a collection from seven different Edson books, is a treasure.
Here are two poems from the collection:
A PERFORMANCE AT HOG THEATER
There was once a hog theater where hogs performed
as men, had men been hogs.
One hog said, I will be a hog in a field which has
found a mouse which is being eaten by the same hog
which is in the field and which has found the mouse,
which I am performing as my contribution to the
Oh let's just be hogs, cried an old hog.
And so the hogs streamed out of the theater crying,
only hogs, only hogs . . .
THE REASON WHY THE CLOSET-MAN IS NEVER SAD
This is the house of the closet-man. There are no rooms,
just hallways and closets.
Things happen in rooms. He does not like things to
happen . . . Closets, you take things out of closets,
you put things into closets, and nothing happens . . .
Why do you have such a strange house?
I am the closet-man, I am either going or coming, and I
am never sad.
But why do you have such a strange house?
I am never sad . .
Since I mentioned how Russell inspired me to write micro-fiction, here's one of mine I'd like to share:
OH HOW TIME FLIES
A girl wearing a ruffled pink dress and sneakers hops on a merry-go-round and mounts what she thinks is a horse but is actually a sewing machine. She stretches her legs until her toes barely touch the throat plate.
Perplexed, sensing something woefully wrong, she peers down at all the dials: buttonhole dial, stitch-width dial, stitch-control dial, stitch-pattern dial, reverse-stitch dial.
A bell rings and the merry-go-round goes round, lights flashing, organ music playing, horses and needle bobbing. Round and round she goes until her hands and legs swell with veins, her face puckers with wrinkles, and all her hair turns silvery gray.
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Read information about the authorRussell Edson was born in Connecticut in 1935 and currently resides there with his wife Frances. Edson, who jokingly has called himself "Little Mr. Prose Poem," is inarguably the foremost writer of prose poetry in America, having written exclusively in that form before it became fashionable. In a forthcoming study of the American prose poem, Michel Delville suggests that one of Edson's typical "recipes" for his prose poems involves a modern everyman who suddenly tumbles into an alternative reality in which he loses control over himself, sometimes to the point of being irremediably absorbed--both figuratively and literally--by his immediate and, most often, domestic everyday environment. . . . Constantly fusing and confusing the banal and the bizarre, Edson delights in having a seemingly innocuous situation undergo the most unlikely and uncanny metamorphoses. . . .
Reclusive by nature, Edson has still managed to publish eleven books of prose poems and one novel, The Song of Percival Peacock (available from Coffee House Press).
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