The Charm and the Dread

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Fence Books
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5.9 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Rodrigo Toscano's previous books include In Range, Explosion Rocks Springfield, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in the anthologies Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, Dialectical Imaginaries, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. He works for the Labor Institute as a national project director, strategizing around issues that involve environmental and labor culture transformation. Originally from San Diego, and after 16 years in Brooklyn, NY, he now lives in New Orleans, LA.
Rodrigo Toscano has a vision. He calls it "hemispheric / autarky" and it's a post-border, post-left, post-bullshit utopia hovering at the edges of everything that can be thought and everything wrong with how we think it. The Charm & The Dread blazes thru the piety, viciousness, prissiness, and irony of Covidian American reality using, among other forms, sonnets that do some of the sickest geopolitical analysis I've seen anywhere. There is no real prize, Toscano reminds us, for being, really being what you are--except for being itself, totally.
Ariana Reines--Ariana Reines
It isn't that Right Now is on fire, but that even those up top cough on the noxious smoke of what's been burning. Red-eyed, tear-streaming, hacking in pissed rhythmics, comes The Charm & The Dread, fresh from a blazing squad car / library / rainforest. Which is to say, ground zero. Brilliantly seething, Toscano is a treble oppositionist scoping the globe, hot wiring sonnets and syllabics into live wires shoved down the throat of capitalist anarcho-tyranny. May its heart burn with this book.
Douglas Kearney--Douglas Kearney