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 is the author of TO LEVELING SWERVE (Krupskaya, 2004), PLATFORM (Atelos, 2003), The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002) and PARTISANS (O Books, 1999). His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry 2004, War and Peace (2004 & 2007), In the Criminal's Cabinet: An anthology of poetry and fiction (2004), and in McSweeney's Poets Picking Poets. His polyvocalic pieces, poetics plays, and body-movement poems, and radio pieces have been performed and broadcast widely. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Catalonian. Toscano is originally from Southern California. He works in Manhattan at the Labor Institute, and lives in Brooklyn.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA