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Scott Garson's American Gymnopédies

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“Like Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies, Garson’s atmospheric shorts surprised me with their subtle shifts and eccentricities. Linked by geographic places, the collection progresses in tiny increments to become a dance between internal and external geographies. In perception and execution, this is a wonderfully original work.”

—Jim Heynen, author of The One-Room Schoolhouse

 

In American Gymnopédies, Scott Garson probes switching intersections of time and place and consciousness to offer, in fractured aggregate, a nation inside-out. A salesman in Asheville; a teacher in Wausau; a dispossessed woman in Flagstaff; a single mother in Seattle—each shifts toward an instant of focus within a seemingly antique lens, a charmed instrument that Garson employs in acts of conjuration. In these forty-six narratives, made of a prose as radiant as it is spare, we’re given a ranging alt-history, a strange and exhilarating guide to a life we might never have believed we could know.

 

Scott Garson lives in central Missouri. He edits Wigleaf.

* This title was printed in a limited edition for AWP 2012.