SWOON Nada Gordon and Gary Sullivan
... an electronic literary courtship that spirals into real life in a manner Griffin & Sabine never manage … It makes for the most true-to-life literary love story since Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett hit Florence.
Culled from more than 5,000 pages of e-mail, postcards and letters, Swoon is docu- mentary, love story, poetry, collaborative essay and auto- (or duo-) biography all rolled into one. Beginning in the fall of 1998, the poet Nada Gordon, then living in Tokyo, and poet/cartoonist Gary Sullivan, who had moved to New York the previ- ous year, began a daily correspondence that culminated in April of 1999 with Gordon’s return to the U.S. after 11 years in Japan. Prior to ever meeting, the cou- p l e p r o d u c e d a n d e x c h a n g e d t h o u s a n d s o f p a g e s o f l e t t e r s , p o e m s , a n e c d o t e s , t h e o - retical musings, gossip, bibliomancy—any- thing & everything to keep their connection open and abuzz despite being halfway across the globe from each other. “ S W O O N i s p e r f e c t . ”
Written almost inadvertently, Swoon docu- ments the tenacity of love, and shows how, like a species of prehistoric insect that continues to crawl among us, it survives—with language as its host—even in inhos- pitable conditions. Disclosures open to further disclosures, and their correspon- dence morphs into ardent multiform verses, resulting in a truly dialogic exchange that renders void any distinctions between art and life.
NADA GORDON is the author of six previous books, including Foriegnn Bodie (Detour 2001) and Are Not Our Lowing Heifers Sleeker than Night-swollen Mushrooms? (Spuyten Duyvil 2001). She curates an interdiscipli- nary reading/performance series in Brooklyn.
GARY SULLIVAN is the author of four previ- ous books, including How to Proceed in the Arts and The New Life. He edits the online literary journal Readme and his comic strip, “The New Life” is featured in Rain Taxi magazine.
Literature/Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-54-7 • $17.95 PB • 6" x 8" • 328 pp