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 lives between San Francisco and Yspilanti, Michigan, where he organizes the Writers' Bloc Poetry Workshop inside Women's Huron Valley Prison, while teaching at Eastern Michigan University. His books include include HIEROGLYPHS OF THE INVERTED WORLD (Kenning Editions, 2021), WEAK LINK (Atelos, 2019), COMMON PLACE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and MUSIC FOR PORN (Nightboat Books, 2012). Together with Robin Tremblay-McGaw, he co-edited From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice (Contemporary Practice), which was listed among Entropy's "Best Non-Fiction" books of 2017. Halpern's critical and lyrical essays appear in Mediations, Brooklyn Rail, Journal of Narrative Theory, Modernist Cultures, and Chicago Review, as well as the edited volumes Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field, and Political Poetics: Poetry and Communism. He is the editor of Bruce Boone Dismembered: Selected Poems, Stories, and Essays (Nightboat, 2020).Author City: YPSILANTI, MI USA