Detectives are investigating the death of Dahlia Winter's husband and also looking into the mysterious deaths of young boys who are imported for labor in a future-time San Francisco. Citing the plots of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Terminator 2, and Blade Runner as proof that our sense of inner and outer is tied to rebellion and slavery, the vel appears at first to be a detail of these films all at once, like a colonization of them from the inside. But almost immediately the plot assumes its own life. Based on a conception of the Tibetan written form called Secret Autobiography--which is t the chrological events or actions of a life, but an individual's seeing outside any frames--the vel makes a time-space in which sensation, actions, and thought-memory are occurring alongside our present-day space.
Leslie Scalapino is the author of twenty-two books of fiction, poetry, plays and criticism, most recently Orchid Jetsam (Tuumba, 2002). Her long poem way received the Poetry Center Award, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, and the American Book Award. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, and Russian, and included in over twenty anthologies. Her plays have been performed in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. She teaches at Bard College in the summer MFA Program and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angles, Mills College in Oakland, University of California at San Diego and Naropa Institute in Boulder.