Poetry. Aesthetic appreciation, stern (loving) criticism, and determined re-imagining of several dominant tendencies in American avant-garde poetry of the last decade.
The book is made of 80 iterations of the following line: The Friday evening gas explosion in Springfield leveled a strip club next to a day care. Its fugal structure effects content-density, tension, and return. Continual re-figuration of all themata creates a pleasurable engagement with a material transparency that is neither prepackaged ("found") nor fancied from thing air ("inspired").
Rodrigo Toscano's previous books of poetry include THE CHARM & THE DREAD (Fence Books, 2022), EXPLOSION ROCKS (Fence Books, 2016), DECK OF DEEDS (Counterpath Press, 2012), Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), TO LEVELING SWERVE (Krupskaya, 2004), PLATFORM (Atelos, 2003), PARTISANS (O Books, 1999), and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in over twenty anthologies, including Diasporic Avant Gardes, Best Experimental Poetry, Imagined Theatres, Dialectical Imaginaries, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. His poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Norwegian. Toscano works for the Labor Institute as a national project director strategizing around issues that involve environmental and labor culture transformation. Originally, from San Diego, and after many years in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Orleans.
Author City: NEW ORLEANS, LA USA