Leslie Scalapino dedicates her poem it's go in / quiet illumined grass / land to the artist Petah Coyne and the poet Philip Whalen (1923-2002): "one is in space / one is in time." Her poem considers relation(s) in time and space as being physical, social, and atemporally synchronous. What does it mean to "Always stay in / the quiet illumined grass/ land—" ? Where and what and how is this place and what are the possibilities there?
It’s go in/ quiet illumined grass/ land was published by The Post-Apollo Press in 2002. Leslie Scalapino first presented the poem at the opening of sculptor Petah Coyne's exhibition White Rain (Galerie Lelong, NYC, 2001).
The work of Petah Coyne and other artists are essential references throughout Scalapino's cosmology. Scalapino's commitment to artistic exchange and collaborative poetics shaped much of her own work and deeply influenced the communities of artists surrounding her.
This digital-critical edition highlights the poet-artist exchange, friendship and cross-disciplinary collaboration as it appears not only in the poem but also as its impetus and aftermath. This edition gathers a selection of Scalapino's collaborations and other adjacent poet-artist dialogues, situating the work among networks of friendship and encounter.
This material is intended for educational use only and may not be reprinted or republished for commercial distribution.
About the AuthorCollection
Leslie Scalapino and Petah CoyneCollection
At Once Yet Separate: Poet-Artist Networks & CollaborationsCollection
It's go in/ quiet illumined grass/ landCollection
1989 - "The Event Horizon—on Mei-mei Berssenbrugge" - Leslie Scalapino
1997 - "Endocrinology" - Collaboration between Kiki Smith and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
2001 - Sculpture from Petah Coyne's White Rain Exhibition
2007 - Leslie Scalapino Reading from It's go in/ quiet illumined grass/ land
2008 - Leslie Scalapino Reading from It's go in/ quiet illumined grass/ land
2009 - "Black Cloud" - Leslie Scalapino on Petah Coyne in War and Peace Vol. 4
2010 - "The Animal is in the World like Water in Water" - Artist Book by Leslie Scalapino and Kiki Smith
2010 - "The Division Between Fact and Experience" - Leslie Scalapino on Kiki Smith
2011 - Kiki Smith on her Collaboration with Leslie Scalapino