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Size: 14.5 x 21 CM


Practice Has No Sequel

is a book of prose poems, meditations on time, perception, loss and bafflement, which follows her earlier volume P R A C T I C E. This book is a study of perception which attempts to bring awareness to metacognition. Facets of investigation include: contemplative practice, liminal space, the uncanny, dislocation as well as the realm of visionary, and artistic practice. What do we practice by default when attention lapses? How to write that which is beyond language, unsayable, yet simultaneously compose? This book is an homage text for the poet Leslie Scalapino.



The acclaimed American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest Norman Fischer writes, “Practice Has No Sequel, describes so well the delicious perplexing unspeakable inner life— my life/everyone's life—we didn't know we were living until we read it here! Laynie Browne plunges her reader into your inside mind—which is everywhere in the world and simultaneously uncharted. In elegant sentences full of stuttering music and sumptuous imagery (similar to her visual collages), Browne patiently feels her way in the dark as she works through shattering pain to the particular sort of healing only art provides. “If personhood — like every prophetess burning — reconstitutes — antiseptic like crying — go inside that prism — of inner quiet. Hear steps above your head — and nowhere — begin. Again. We are all going — like regions of roses — sonatas come apart — mended by countless hands.”



Laynie Browne's recent books include a collection poems, Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists (Wave Books 2022) and the anthology, A Forest on Many Stems: Essays on The Poet’s Novel (Nightboat, 2021). Forthcoming books include Letters Inscribed in Snow (Tinderbox, 2022) and Apprentice to a Breathing Hand (Omnidawn, 2025). Honours include a Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award. She teaches and coordinates the MOOC Modern Poetry at University of Pennsylvania.


Laynie Browne I Practice Has No Sequel

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