The new book spanning the genres of poetry, fiction, and theater, by the highly-acclaimed Thalia Field. The wonderful writings in Thalia Field's long-awaited new book Point and Line deny categorization, they are nicheless. Perhaps describable as epic poetries, these riveting pieces represent a confluence of genres in which Thalia Field has been involved over the course of her career: fiction, theater, and poetry. Written from a constructivist, post-genre sensibility, they elude classification, and present the author's concern with clarity in a world that resists it. For instance, in Hours and Setting, the Table, Field uses indeterminate performance techniques to emphasize the categorical/conceptual nature of thought. Other pieces use generative schemes, portraits of mental shapes, which create meaning out of ise. Visually, each chapter is captivating, showing the author's need for shapes and colors in her work, her fascination with the contours of speech.
Thalia Field (b. 1966, Chicago) attended a lycee in France, and worked at the Theatre des Amandiers in Nanterre and at the Theatre Nationale de Marseilles. She graduated with honors in creative writing from Brown University, winning the first John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. She is presently on the faculty at Brown University. Her books include Point and Line, Incarnate: Story Material, and Bird Lovers, Backyard.