Poetry. RUMORED PLACE, Rob Halpern's first book, combines a near confessional narrative of physical passion with the documentation of "social fact." "The book," he states, "is situated between subjective desire and objective need." Any reader making way through RUMORED PLACE will feel intimations of transformation creeping all around the dark horizon. Here history is both fantasy and nightmare and this examination of it "a bad conscience that needs to become critique." "With an extraordinary soulful ferocity, Rob Halpern's new work commits itself to a lyric interrogation of power"—Camille Roy.
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Rob Halpern teaches in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University. He is the author of RUMORED PLACE (Krupskaya, 2004), which was nominated for a California Book Award; DISASTER SUITES (Palm Press 2009); MUSIC FOR PORN (Nightboat Books, 2011); and COMMON PLACE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), as well as several chapbooks, including Weak Link (Slack Buddha Press, 2009) and Imaginary Politics (TapRoot Editions, 2008). With Taylor Brady, he also co-authored the book length poem SNOW SENSITIVE SKIN (Displaced Press, 2011). Recent essays and translations appear in Chicago Review, Journal of Narrative Theory, and The Claudius App. Rob currently splits his time between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan.Author City: YPSILANTI, MI USA