After The Alphabet Comes The Universe

From a recent interview with poet Ron Silliman:

David F. Hoenigman: What projects are you currently working on?

Ron Silliman: I'm at work on a half dozen sections of Universe, which is the next major part of my long project, Ketjak. The Age of Huts, Tjanting, and The Alphabet were the first three stages of this project, and Universe is the next.

I'm a little frightened to contemplate "Universe" since The Alphabet totals 1,062 pages and required over 20 years. For more on this remarkable book, see our review.

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