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Drafts 1–38, Toll

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.

About the Author

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).

Reviews

"At its best . . . the poem resembles A.R. Ammons's longer improvisations, with DuPlessis opening the mind's floodgates and finding the perfect rhythm for channeling its contents."—Publishers Weekly

"DuPlessis reinforces the subversive possibilities of modernist/projectivist field poetics by approaching page space as a register of the social dynamics, including the gender dynamics, of marginalization."—Lynn Keller, author of Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women

"At its best . . . the poem resembles A.R. Ammons's longer improvisations, with DuPlessis opening the mind's floodgates and finding the perfect rhythm for channeling its contents."—Publishers Weekly

"Rachel Blau DuPlessis does what all good poets must do: she crosses, and indeed transcends, boundaries...She has a masterful feel for form...and her ear can be astonishing. Her visual imagination is rich and her capacity for wordplay is considerable."—Robert Long, Philadelphia Inquirer

Endorsements

"DuPlessis reinforces the subversive possibilities of modernist/projectivist field poetics by approaching page space as a register of the social dynamics, including the gender dynamics, of marginalization."—Lynn Keller, author of Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women
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