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Almost Perfect Forms
Almost Perfect Forms

Michael Stewart

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While reading Magdalena Tulli's Dreams and Stones, Michael Stewart found a series of beautiful accidents. Originally inspired by the way Tulli was able to make stories out of lists and to trick nouns into motion, Stewart circled every "and" and "or", counted them, and watched as they begun to take the shapes of tiny, imperfect constellations. On page sixteen, a remarkable Corona Borealis. On page thirteen, a slightly hobbled Leo. The conjunctions are the stars and the result is mapped out on the page like an erasure and then reassembled into an astral collaboration between Michael Stewart and Magdalena Tulli.

About the Author

Michael Stewart, as biographed by his friend Jessie Newman: Michael Hugh Stewart hails from a town pretending to be a city. He has pretty much the same body parts you’ve got, give or take, as well as an unnatural predilection for all things lacquered. He is the author of more books than he has written.