Drafts 1-38, Toll
By (author) Rachel Blau DuPlessis
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Drafts 1-38, Toll by Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Book DescriptionIn Drafts 1-38, Toll, Rachel Blau DuPlessis has built a work which mimics memory and its losses, and which plays with the textures of memory, including its unexpectedness, its flashes and disappearances. Her recurrent motifs and materials include home, homelessness and exile; death and the memory of the dead; political grief and passion; silence, speech, the sayable and the ineffable. Drafts 1-38, Toll functions as a long poem comprised of 38 pieces, or drafts. These poems are conceived as autonomous "canto-like" sections that work on two procedural principles. One is the random repetition of lines or phrases across poems, a self-questioning, processual, and reconceptualizing strategy that honors the term "drafts." A second procedural principle is "the fold." This is the reconsideration of a "donor draft" and the deployment of some aspect in the donor draft in a related draft. The periodicity of this reconsideration is the number 19; hence drafts 1-19 make up the original layer, while drafts 20-38 constitute the first fold on top of this material.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780819564856
(216mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Surge, Paperback (March 2013)
Transcending poetic schools and binaries in poetics with an odic verve and analytic intensity, Surge is the provocative, open-ended ending to Drafts, DuPlessis's twenty-six year project in the long poem.
Collage Poems of Drafts, Paperback (March 2011)
The Collage Poems of Drafts are two sequenced works for reading and looking that move back and forth across the porous border between language and image. These mixed media constructions join the whole long poem project by DuPlessis with a particular flair for juxtaposition and evocativeness beyond and within language.
Pitch: Drafts 77-95, Paperback (March 2010)
Pitch is a skeptical monument, tracking an encounter with an edge we might pitch over, with the pitch dark of our time, with our lurching desires to do the necessary work of seeing and understanding. This book manifests one of the more distinctive ethical-aesthetic practices in contemporary poetry.
Torques, Paperback (October 2007)» View all books by Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Twisted, knotted, struck by events and emotions at our historical moment, these Drafts register and produce torques - exaltation and tension, torsion and force, in their symphonic and bantering surges. This book continues the long poem project that Ron Silliman calls "one of the major poetic achievements of our time."
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Author Biography - Rachel Blau DuPlessis
RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS is Professor of English at Temple University and author of six books of poetry and four books of criticism including Genders, Races and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908 - 1934 (2001) and The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (1990).
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