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 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