Poetry Rodrigo Toscano Partisans

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Partisans

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Poetry. From the beginning Rodrigo's poems have emerged as serious, serial shots at the dark, and in this collection the alarms are coming from all directions. Whatever is out there: it is commemorating resistance (Fanny Howe). Rodrigo Toscano's PARTISANS works the mechanics of language to unveil the conjoined agency of human labor and grammatical component. Rejecting both univocal materiality and its supporting idealistic investments, he brilliantly renews a tradition of poetics based in the structuring work of grammar that begins with Louis Zukovsky and continues in Kit Robinson's THE DOLCH STANZAS and Alan Davies' NAME. This work is an ethical disquisition 'As against / The set relations' that revises much current doxa about the nature of linguistic agency (Barrett Watten).

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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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Toscano injects a startling urgency into contemporary poetics, reminiscent of such politically motivated texts as Bruce Andrews's Give Em Enough Rope or Myung Mi Kim's Dura, but particular in its cross-cut questioning of political agency. In 12 sections with titles like "Present Perfect Progressive" and "Simple Past," Toscano, as Barrett Watten notes on the back flap, couples human labor with its grammatical doppelgangers. The result points to closed historical inevitabilities on the one hand, and earnestly conceived utopias on the other. Moving through several modes of rhetoricAdirect address, the declamatory, the lyricAthe short, tight lines never lose steam, as Toscano plows through manic considerations of aesthetics and society that build to extraordinary, near-Poundian razzlings: "Flouting history, rambling spleen'd/ // Fumbling segues, trancing sex'd/ // Spouting ethics, shunning touch / // Sorting concepts, draping needs / // Been reading 'world'/ through shards...." Toscano's "wordwork"Athe poem is obsessed with a poetic economy that is, even at its margins, compromised by the exigencies of the global "market"Ais always tempered by his quest for a collective revolutionary consciousness, but movingly avoids a po-mo pessimism and turn toward irony when its moment fails to arrive: "And why not/ partisans// So so democratic/ postmodern muzzling// Having been fitted/ having been summoned by it...." "Tattered/ fettered/ committed," this singular, staunch text posits its "Readers/ as agents"Aand partisansAwith all the dignity that implies.
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