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This unusual collection of performance pieces for multiple voices is "genre-expanding," says Welish, who selected it for the 2008 National Poetry Series. It constitutes poetry in the sense that it is more about language than about the interaction of characters on a stage or in the movement of those characters across a continuum of time. But what one sees on the page is probably less engaging than what one might hear in a dramatic performance, whether in a theater or on the street. The individual pieces, with titles like "Truax Inimical" (Parts 1, 2, and 3), "Balm to Bilk," and "Pig Angels of the Americlypse" are overtly political and transformative, revealing a comic energy reminiscent of the guerrilla theatrics of the 1960s paired with contemporary technospeak and postmodern vocabulary. The result is a lengthy collection that is difficult to read on the page, but the adventurous reader will be rewarded by Toscano's ingenuity and large frame of reference. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.