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Fauxhawk

A sonic boom at the root of language and dissent

A politico-linguistic problem, a conflicted hairstyle, and a conflict-bound drone, Fauxhawk works in the space where dissent becomes materialized, ironized, and commodified. Engaging drone optics, redactions, renditions, comedy, and cinema, Ben Doller wrenches exuberant music from the drone of the everyday. The citizens in these poems are fraught in their passivity, both ashamed of being and of being surveyed. Occupied by the material forces conspiring against poetry, Fauxhawk takes on the economics of writing, university bureaucracies, and complicit injustice. The poems in Doller's thrilling new collection attempt to find their own tone amid the blare via formal innovation, carving a space where presence is signified, in hopeful and clarifying resistance. An online reader's companion is available at http://bendoller.site.wesleyan.edu.

About the Author

BEN DOLLER is the author of Dead Ahead, FAQ, and Radio, Radio, winner of the Walt Whitman Award. Along with the poet Sandra Doller, he has published two collaborative books. He is an associate professor of writing and literature at the University of California, San Diego.

Reviews

"Doller's work is complicated and fascinating; and what internal force it comes from-I do not know. Instead of a story, he gives us clues for our own insight, and in this way we get to define the poem instead of having the poet do it for us. It's not calculus and it's not narrative but something in between."—Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

"A riveting and rambunctious collection of new poems by one of America's most innovative poets. The experimental encounters the historical in these raucous yet deftly written poems of modern-day dissent."—Sonja James, The Journal

"Doller's work is complicated and fascinating; and what internal force it comes from-I do not know. Instead of a story, he gives us clues for our own insight, and in this way we get to define the poem instead of having the poet do it for us. It's not calculus and it's not narrative but something in between."—Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

"Doller wrenches exuberant music from the drone of the everyday and takes on the economics of writing, university bureaucracies, and complicit injustice."—Publishers Weekly

Endorsements

"Radical musicality and conceptual urgency merge in these new poems by Ben Doller. From a 'translation' of Hopkins' 'The Windhover' into a sonnet on drone warfare to the redaction of military documents in the poem 'Pain,' Fauxhawk will change the way we conceive of literary practice for years to come."—Srikanth Reddy, author of Voyager

"Hilarity overcomes wit in this deft cultural feast of verbal play and snappy form. Doller has updated" the poetry interface" with semiotic streaks that pulsate through acoustic layers of paradigmatic élan. Hold on to your aesthetic hat as a cool, fresh wind is blowing.""—Charles Bernstein, author of Recalculating

"Ben Doller distills the chatter of American babel into a fractal argot as barbaric and incantatory as Whitman's yawp. Fauxhawk is a metapoetical critique—sometimes cheeky, always biting—of the linguistic detritus that clings to our projection of self against the bleak landscape of the 21st century. 'Amphibians fasten your windholes,' Doller's latest will blast an incisive hole into your conventional notion of a lyric subjectivity.""—Carmen Giménez Smith, author of Milk and Filth

"The manic language in these poems has a quality of suspicious sensitivity. Is there such a creature as a fox-hawk? If so, these poems would represent both fox and hawk, sparring with grace and terror in relation to each other.""—Fanny How, author of Second Childhood

"Radical musicality and conceptual urgency merge in these new poems by Ben Doller. From a 'translation' of Hopkins' 'The Windhover' into a sonnet on drone warfare to the redaction of military documents in the poem 'Pain,' Fauxhawk will change the way we conceive of literary practice for years to come."—Srikanth Reddy, author of Voyager
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