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Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan Poetry Series) [Paperback]

By Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Author)
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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2001
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819564850  
EAN  9780819564856  

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In 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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More About Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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).

Rachel Blau DuPlessis was born in 1941 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Temple University, Philadelphia.

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Not much to say about this one.  Oct 11, 2005
Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Drafts 1-38: Toll (Wesleyan, 2001)

I've (ironically) put down a number of drafts of this review, and haven't come up with anything remotely satisfying. There's really not much I have to say about the book; it's overlong (though from what I have been able to gather it's only the first two sections of a larger, as yet unfinished, work), close to unintelligible in places, full of parallel text branching off the main piece with no stage direction as to how a reader is supposed to read said parallel text, and drops out of what poetic mode it has in places and becomes didactic ("Deixis" is the most blatant example of this). All of this leads to a simple "didn't like it much." Nothing else to be said, I guess. **

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