Poetry. From the beginning Rodrigo's poems have emerged as serious, serial shots at the dark, and in this collection the alarms are coming from all directions. Whatever is out there: it is commemorating resistance (Fanny Howe). Rodrigo Toscano's PARTISANS works the mechanics of language to unveil the conjoined agency of human labor and grammatical component. Rejecting both univocal materiality and its supporting idealistic investments, he brilliantly renews a tradition of poetics based in the structuring work of grammar that begins with Louis Zukovsky and continues in Kit Robinson's THE DOLCH STANZAS and Alan Davies' NAME. This work is an ethical disquisition 'As against / The set relations' that revises much current doxa about the nature of linguistic agency (Barrett Watten).
Rodrigo Toscano's previous books include IN RANGE (Counterpath Press, 2019), EXPLOSION ROCKS SPRINGFIELD (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 the anthologies Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, Dialectical Imaginaries, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. He 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 16 years in Brooklyn, NY, he now lives in New Orleans, LA.Author City: NEW ORLEANS, LA USA