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Collapsible Horizon Paperback – July 24, 2012
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About the Author
Tantra Bensko is the author of Lucid Membrane (Night Publishing), The Cabinet of What You Don't See (ISMS Press), Watching the Windows Sleep (Naissance Press) and others, with a collection slated with Make-Do and a novel with Dog Horn. She has 200 publications of stories and poems in magazines, several winning awards. She obtained her MA from FSU and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She teaches fiction writing and experimental fiction writing through UCLA Extension Writers Program, Writers College, and her own academy online. She promotes Innovative Literature authors through LucidPlay Publishing, the Experimental Writing resource site, and the FlameFlower Experimental Story Contest.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm partway into the collection, and it feels like being drunk. In a good way. I'm not drinking these days, and I miss the buzz, the sense of slight disorientation, the belief that anything is possible and nothing is terribly literal. I get all those feelings reading your story collection. It's amazing. I want to write this way. I have no idea how to write this way.
I keep thinking of it in terms of paintings. Dali comes to mind. I think of post-modern painting in which the abstraction is so abstract that nothing representational remains. It's supposed to have meaning, but almost purely intellectual rather than artistic. Your writing is nothing like that. It's much more like the kind of abstract art that is still highly representational, as your stories represent alternate realities that are vivid and 3d. In the case of the multi-layered yards, maybe 4-dimensional, I'm not sure yet.
I read one particular story, "Really" that had the marvelous images of the little plant mouths opening to feed on air.
I really have no idea what I'm reading. It's totally surreal. I was very lost until certain themes and images started to recur. Ah the power of recursion! It reminds me so much of being loopy on beer, where things make no sense, but almost make sense, and you don't mind the gap. It feels different from ordinary reality and in a very exciting way. I thought I wrote experimentally, I thought I read experimental SF, but now I realize how conventional all that is, how much further out it's possible to go.
This is truly Bensko's world, who, with the hands of a master wordsmith, takes you on a magnificent tour providing artful, clear interpretation. Through her words you can experience a reality that has been rearranged with random logic into new and beautiful images that are simultaneously alien to this world yet oddly familiar. Be prepared to feel as though Federico Fellini was whispering vibrant word images of color and light into your head.
What gives strength and muscle to this unique work of art, is the steady hand with which it was written. The author writes with the clarity and confidence of someone who clearly understands the magic of words. My advice to you: READ this book...it will without a doubt...expand your horizons.
I rate an author by how much they can pull me outside of my box in thinking and the emotional 'draw-in' I'm provided with. One thing I can say here, Ms. Bensko has put me on some magic carpet rides I never thought possible.
The book may look simple enough on the outside, but once opened, once read...it gets multi-faceted and intriguing right away. Her introduction alone had me gripped. I knew I just made a special find like no other.
My book is amazing! It's special to read alone, AND, I've learned how much I like reading it with other people. Watching other's body language is priceless. I love to read a line or two and then watch faces contort in amusement and astonishment. The visuals that dance across the mind will give you dreams for weeks. You can thank Tantra for that!
This is some of the best money I ever spent ~ BUY THIS BOOK! BUY 10!, as everyone will be proud of you that you've expanded your literary mind.
These are all short stories and flash fictions, anecdotes for the anecdotal. Imaginary things take place in real ways, and Tantra Bensko awakes within the reader a new type of reality where anything can happen. If you read long enough, anything does.