Experimental Literature and the Work of Sandy Florian

Writing is a self-reflective and sometimes, self-reflexive process depending upon the subject matter. Great writing has the ability to transport readers to another place, time, or planet (or elsewhere) and instruct, inform, intrigue and enlighten. Of contemporary works, there are few that bridge the chasm between fiction and poetry, and even fewer that do so very well. Experimental literature has, I believe, always been on the forefront of every contemporary time period only later to be classified as stylistic bodies of evolving works, “Romanticism,” “Surrealism,” “Transendentalism,” to name a few. When these movements were current, perhaps they had no names, perhaps they were just the next phase of the written word developed by writers who dared ask the question: “What can we try next?” and then proceeded to attempt an answer. Sandy Florian’s work is one such example of the now ambiguous, nameless, 21st-century experimental form. Her works stretch reality, introduce abstract concepts, function subversively, comment on politics and religion, question the...
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