“It seemed one needed to write in order to see; one had to move out across the page and then through—but maybe not through the page. It would be movement nonetheless and would require the body to transform the physical body becoming astral or like a line itself, moving further in. Something. But how did you get out of language from language? … There was an elsewhere bearing down on me, in the whiteness of this space. We were staring at its blankness, and this was when I lifted my arm and brought my hand close to the surface. I made a mark …” from Calamities by Renee Gladman
In June 2017, Wave Books published Prose Architectures, a selection from over 300 drawings made by Renee Gladman between spring 2013 and fall 2014.
Renee Gladman (1971) is a poet, novelist, essayist, and artist. She has published prose works including the Ravicka series of novels and the crime novel, Morella; the poetry collection, Calamities; and a monograph of drawings, Prose Architectures. She lives in New England with poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.