Other literary forms
As one of the most original experimental writers of her generation, Leslie Scalapino did not limit her writing efforts merely to a single genre. She boldly ventured into the writing of novels, plays, and essays, and served as editor on occasion. In none of the genres that she chose did she show any concern to write in a conventional manner. Her fiction has poetic qualities, her poetry has fictional attributes, and so on, with every genre. Three of her novels, The Return of Painting (1990), The Pearl (1991), and Onion (1991), make up a trilogy. She also published the novels Defoe in 1994 and Floats Horse-Floats or Horse-Flows in 2010. In both of these novels, Scalapino employs a wonderful sense of wordplay. The reader must be willing to not be derailed by the author’s disjointed landscape. The novel The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom was published posthumously in 2010. Her first play, Leg, was produced in 1985. During the 1990’s, four of her plays were produced: Fin de Siècle in 1990, The Present in 1993, The Weatherman Turns Himself In in 1994, and Goya’s L.A. in 1995. Two other plays, Flow-Winged Crocodile and A Pair/Actions Erased/Appear, were published in 2010. She also put forth her theories on writing and life in such stimulating works as Objects in the Terrifying Tense/Longing from Taking Place (1994) and The Public World/Syntactically Impermanence (1999).