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Collapsible Poetics Theater
     

Collapsible Poetics Theater

by Rodrigo Toscano
 

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"[This] collection of . . . multi-disciplinary adventures induces territories of dissent and identity, both of and beyond the stage. . . . [Rodrigo] Toscano has produced an often gleeful romp wherein the geometry of the self affirms/celebrates its style while steadfastly subverting institutionalized forms."—Sustainable Aircraft

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"[This] collection of . . . multi-disciplinary adventures induces territories of dissent and identity, both of and beyond the stage. . . . [Rodrigo] Toscano has produced an often gleeful romp wherein the geometry of the self affirms/celebrates its style while steadfastly subverting institutionalized forms."—Sustainable Aircraft

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Library Journal

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.
—Sue Russell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934200186
Publisher:
Fence Magazine, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


RODRIGO TOSCANO is the author of To Leveling Swerve (2005), Platform (2004), The Disparities (2002) and Partisans (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.

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